List what you know… or at least what you think you know… At the end of our session we will compare your answers with what we’ve learned!
“ The Facebook” was founded on February 4, 2004 by Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg. It was originally only available to Harvard students, within months it was accessible to any student with an email address ending in .edu, and now Facebook is one of the fastest growing social networks boasting over 200 million members worldwide.
Social networking sites like MySpace, Friendster, and Facebook allow users to connect and interact with other people. The networks can be organized by city, workplace, school, region, interests or a combination of any and all of those things. Users also have the option to create informational profiles, to add friends, send messages, participate in live chat, and post pictures, music, and video.
What do you think draws people…more particularly our children/students, to social networking sites such as ?
The PROS <ul><li>It’s free! </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a quick and easy way to communicate and collaborate with friends, family, and associates (the average user has 120+ friends). </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a quick and easy way to reconnect with old friends or find new ones. </li></ul><ul><li>It hosts user-created content, allowing for self expression through the sharing and posting of blogs, videos, music, photos, etc. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Provides access to global happenings (news and events). </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a feeling of social belonging (friends, fans, groups, etc.). </li></ul><ul><li>Users have control of the information they post, the people that view their profile, and the information others can post on their profile. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s FUN! </li></ul>The PROS cont…
What fears do you have for children/students using ?
The CONS <ul><li>It’s addictive and can result in the neglect of real-life social situations (more than 3.5 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day - worldwide). </li></ul><ul><li>The average user has 120+ friends, but not all of them are necessarily “real” friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Users must be careful not to share inappropriate information because Facebook can be used by future schools and employers to gather information on potential students and employees. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Users must be careful not to share too much information because others may access it for inappropriate use (online harassment, stalking, fraud, etc). </li></ul><ul><li>It is free, so it is funded by (sometimes annoying) advertising and downloadable applications. </li></ul>The CONS cont…
Despite these potential downfalls of social networking, current trends continue to show increased access and user membership. So, assuming that Facebook is here to stay…
What do you think we, as educators and parents, can do to assure that our students and children are safe when using social networks such as Facebook ?
Message from : “ Facebook aspires to be an environment where people can interact safely with their friends and the people around them. We have implemented many safety and privacy controls on Facebook as part of our goal to enable people to share their information with only the people they want to see it. And we are constantly improving our systems for identifying and removing inappropriate content and people from the site.”
Despite their efforts, Facebook also stresses in their safety statement that they “cannot guarantee that its site is entirely free of illegal, offensive, pornographic or otherwise inappropriate material, or that its members will not encounter inappropriate or illegal conduct from other members.”
<ul><li>So on the Facebook site… </li></ul><ul><li>They encourage members to report misconduct and provide “Report” links on pages throughout the site. </li></ul><ul><li>They urge users to use caution when requesting and accepting “friends” that they do not know in real life. </li></ul><ul><li>They ask members to use discretion when providing information in their profiles. </li></ul><ul><li>They provide links regarding Internet safety. </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>They provide answers to Frequent Safety Questions. </li></ul>
They also do not allow students under the age of 13 to access Facebook. and They encourage parents of children 13 or older to use their judgment when considering “whether their child should be supervised during their use of the Facebook site.”
What WE need to make sure our students and children know about and other social networking websites…
Adjust the privacy settings provided by Facebook so you only permit people you want to see your info.
Be very cautious of the information you post. Especially information that can be used to contact and/or locate you offline.
Never post anything you wouldn’t want the world to see! Illegal, embarrassing, or inappropriate words, pictures, and/or acts may not be a smart idea. No matter what your privacy settings are, there is never any guarantee that others won’t “leak” information!
Facebook can be a great resource in moderation. It is important to monitor our children’s use. As a rule, children should finish their schoolwork before logging on!
Finally, we must encourage students and children to use proper judgment. Let them know, just like anywhere else in their lives, they will have to take responsibility for all of their actions no matter how big or small.
Helpful Links on Facebook Safety Facebook Safety http://www.facebook.com/safety/ This link leads to the safety policy for Facebook and tips for staying safe while using the network. Internet Safety: Facebook http://www. surfnetkids .com/safety/facebook/ This site provides links to various articles/posts on issues pertaining to Facebook. These topics range from safety strategies to the pros and cons of social networking. Facebook Best Practice http://www. sophos . com/companyinfo/ This site provides privacy settings for Facebook as recommended by Sophos (a leading provider of computer security and control).
Helpful Links on Internet Safety Safekids.com http://www.safekids.com/ This site contains links, discussion boards, and articles on children and internet safety. A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety (FBI Publications) http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm The FBI provides a site with information on how to prevent children from becoming victims of online crimes and what to do in the unfortunate event that a child does become a victim. IKeepSafe.org http://www.ikeepsafe.org/ This is a site that provides families with all the tools, education, and resources they need to stay safe online and to implement an Internet safety strategy in their homes.
Top 10 Social Networking Sites http: //dsc .discovery.com/technology/tech-10/social-networking-sites-top-10.html Discovery Channel online provides a list and description of the top 10 networking sites on the Web. How LinkedIn Works http://computer. howstuffworks . com/linkedin . htm Provides information on LinkedIn, which is a similar network to Facebook, but is designed more specifically for professional networking. Social Networking Basics http://www.ikeepsafe.org/PRC/videotutorials/myspace/ This is a link to tutorials on social networking. Helpful Links on Social Networking
These links will be available at the door on your way out. Please take one and help to keep our children safe!
Resources History Facebook. (n.d.). Facebook statistics. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics Petro, B. (February 4, 2009). History of facebook. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://billpetro.com/2009/02/04/history-of-facebook Wikipedia. (n.d.). Facebook. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook
Resources <ul><li>Pros/Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Doyle, A. (n.d.). Facebook and professional networking: Should you use facebook for professional networking? Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://jobsearch.about.com/od/networking/a/facebook.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Noil, K. (March 20, 2006). Facebook: The pros and cons. Retrieved April 30, </li></ul><ul><li>2009, from http://www.northampton.edu/news/topstories/Facebook.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Sharma, S. (March 11, 2009). Social networking: Pros and cons. Retrieved April 30, </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2009, from http://peoplesreview.com.np/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=8662&Itemid=94 </li></ul></ul></ul>
Resources Safety Facebook. (n.d.). Facebook safety. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://www.facebook.com/safety/ Feldman, B. (n.d.). Internet safety. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://www.surfnetkids.com/safety/facebook Ransohoff, J. (n.d.). Facebook online website. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://www.pamf.org/teen/parents/emotions/facebook.html Sophos. (n.d.). Facebook best practice: Sophos recommended privacy settings for facebook. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from http://www.sophos.com/security/best-practice/facebook.html