“ MySpace, Your Space, Out of Space!” Exploring Social-Networking Websites, Blogging, and MySpace.com
19-year old Taylor Behl Went missing last year after meeting a man on MySpace.com
Today, membership has reached over 78 million, worldwide
Started in July of 2003
Tom Anderson, founder
“ If it was a cool thing to do online, you should be able to do it on MySpace.” --Tom Anderson
Online diary or journal
“Blogosphere” is the collective term for all the blogs on the Internet
Many people use blogs—not just teens
Teens, however, make up for more than 50% of the blogs in the blogosphere
A true online diary or journal
Bloggers get feedback from their friends on what they write
Teachers use blogs in the classroom
Many teens don’t know what information is okay to post on the Internet.
Cyber-bullying (online bullying) is the use of
electronic information and communication devices such as
e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, mobile phones,
pagers and defamatory websites to bully or otherwise
harass an individual or group through personal attacks or
other means, and it may constitute a computer crime.
www.wiredsafety.org Independent Internet Watchdog Organization Parry Aftab, wiredsafety.org
The Faces of MySpace Fully committed to MySpace user safety Tom Anderson, left, and Chris DeWolfe, right. Co-Founders of Myspace.com “ If you go to the mall and start talking to strange people, bad things can happen. You’ve got to take the same precautions on the Internet.” MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe
MySpace’s Preventative Measures
Providing special protections to members who are under 16.
Requiring all new members under 18 to review safety tips prior to registration.
Deleting profiles of under-age members.
Reviewing every image uploaded.
Working with hundreds of law enforcement agencies to address potential issues quickly and effectively.
Guidelines for MySpace users
Do not ever post your full name, or exactly where you live.
Do not ever post contact information like your home address, or a phone number (especially cell phone number).
Don’t add people you don’t personally know.
More Guidelines for MySpace users
Don’t chat or IM (Instant Message) people whom you don’t know.
Don’t ever arrange to meet someone whom you meet online.
Be smart. If you have a bad experience online or get a weird feeling from another user.
Viewing Your Teen’s Page
Ask if they have a page
Ask they why they have a page
Tell them you’d like to view it (give them a day to “clean it up”)
View their page together
Don’t be shocked at what you see
Periodically check their page
Guidelines for parents of MySpace users
Set an example.
Place your computer in an open area.
Create a family e-mail account or a family MySpace page.
Limit computer time.
Monitor your child’s online habits.
Put Your Foot Down
Internet Monitoring Software: Spector Pro
Remember-Your child’s safety is your first priority
With all the risks, why MySpace?
MySpace brings together all of the most popular forms on communication.
It has tapped into three passions of young people:
expressing themselves, interacting with friends and consuming popular culture.
Social Identity & Digital Publics
Where teens hang out has changed.
No more sock hops, diners.
Malls are banning teens without adult supervision.
Finding their social niche online.
Effective Blogging in the Classroom
Blogging is about literacy.
“Blogging can be Good For Your Health!”
Commitment and Responsibility
General Writing and Publishing Skills
Keeping our youth safe is paramount
This presentation is provided by the New Communities Project, a collaborative USDA/Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk (CYFAR) project of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Cooperative Extension Service, and Hawaii’s 4-H Youth Development Program.
Contact Information Carol Ikeda: [email_address] Gavin T. Maeda: [email_address] Myla Gumayagay: [email_address] Christine Hanakawa: [email_address]