Myspace Or Yours


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This is a presentation I have given to parents and students about how to stay safe on social networking sites.

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  • Think back to when you were a teenager. Where did you ‘hang out’? How did you socialize with your peers? Where were you? What time of day? So, did you go to a specific place? Do such places exist today? Do you let your teenagers do what you did? Why or Why not? What restrictions do today’s teenagers have that are different from what you had? So what avenues are left for them to socialize?
  • To make sure you have a fun and comfortable experience on MySpace, we let you control how other users contact you and view your profile.
  • Each profile contains two standard "blurbs" - "About Me" and "Who I'd Like to Meet." Profiles also can contain sections about standard interests, such as music, television, books, and movies, as well as specific personal details, such as marital status, physical appearance, and income. Profiles also contain a blog. A part of customizing one's MySpace is uploading images onto their site. One of the images can be chosen to be the "default image," the image that will be seen on the profile's main page. There is also a count of the friends the user has. A total of eight friends, or the "Top 8," is shown directly on the profile, with a link to view all of the user's friends. Below this is the "comments" section, wherein the user's friends may leave comments about the user for all viewers to read. Myspace profile layouts can have the entire look changed with many different editors. You can change your "Top 8" to show any number of friends you like. You can create custom colors, backround and foreground images, table style, scroll bar style and color, and various others.
  • Check "Require email or last name to add me as a friend" if you want other users to be required to know your email address or your last name in order to send you an add friend request (this prevents people who don't know you from trying to add you as a friend). Check "Approve Comments before Posting" if you want to review comments to your profile and journals before they are posted. Comments will NOT appear unless and until you approve them. Check "Hide Online Now" to make your online status invisible to other users. Check "Show My Birthday to my Friends" to alert your friends when your birthday is near. Check "No Pic Forwarding" to prevent other users from emailing links to your images from the site. Check "Friend Only Journal Comments" to allow only your friends to post comments on your blog entries. Check "Block Friend Request From Bands" to block unwanted friend request from bands.
  • Recent media coverage of underage MySpace profiles have sparked parental interest into what goes on in the popular website. Pedophiles have used MySpace as a means of meeting young people. Additionally, many underage users make the mistake of posting their telephone numbers or other identifying information. This compromises the safety of MySpace's members, no matter their age. However, a feature that the site has implemented is a way of setting your profile to "private." If one sets his/her age to under sixteen in "Basic Info", only existing friends or others with supposed age of eighteen or below will be able to view the profile, depending on selected privacy settings.
  • Don't forget that your profile and MySpace forums are public spaces. Don't post anything you wouldn't want the world to know (e.g., your phone number, address, IM screens name, or specific whereabouts). Avoid posting anything that would make it easy for a stranger to find you, such as where you hang out every day after school People aren't always who they say they are. Be careful about adding strangers to your friends list. It's fun to connect with new MySpace friends from all over the world, but avoid meeting people in person whom you do not fully know. If you must meet someone, do it in a public place and bring a friend or trusted adult. Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be reported. If you feel someone's behavior is inappropriate, react. Talk with a trusted adult, or report it to MySpace or the authorities. Don't post anything that would embarrass you later. Think twice before posting a photo or info you wouldn't want your parents or boss to see! Don't mislead people into thinking that you're older or younger. If you lie about your age, MySpace will delete your profile.
  • Myspace Or Yours

    1. 1. MY SPACE or YOURS Social Networking Websites Tish Biggs PhD
    2. 2. Definition <ul><li>Yesterday </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local hangout – Place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone – Com Tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cars/ Cruisin – Meeting Activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose – to impress others, network, find friends </li></ul><ul><li>Today </li></ul><ul><ul><li>My Space – Place </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email/blogs/videos – Com Tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chatting / Meeting – Meeting Activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose – to impress others, network, find friends </li></ul>
    3. 3. Definition <ul><li>S ocial networking websites offer an interactive network of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>user profiles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and an internal e-mail system. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. My
    5. 5. Purpose <ul><li>To Socialize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find Friends – Meet and chat – Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find Romance – Dating or Serious relationships </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To Sell </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Independent musicians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CDs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TV shows </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Products </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Contents of a MySpace profile
    7. 7. Components <ul><li>Profile – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ About Me” – Likes, marital status, physical appearance, income etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BLOG </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Who I’d like to Meet” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Block Users </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Searchable <ul><li>MySpace is also home to various </li></ul><ul><li>By age 18-19 yr olds </li></ul><ul><li>Zip code - </li></ul><ul><li>Single, married, divorced, “Swinger”, in a relationship. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Results 2740 / 157,133,164
    10. 10. Account Settings
    11. 11. Preferred Privacy Setting <ul><li>Require email or last name to add me as a ‘friend’ </li></ul><ul><li>Approve ‘Comments’ before Posting </li></ul><ul><li>Hide ‘Online Now’ </li></ul><ul><li>Show My Birthday only to my Friends </li></ul><ul><li>No Picture Forwarding </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Friend Only’ Blog Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Block ‘Friend Request’ From Bands </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Friend Only’ Group Invites </li></ul>
    12. 12. Instant Messages Settings <ul><li>There are three choices for ‘IM’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No one can IM me. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only Friends can IM me </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone can IM me.  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preferred </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only friends can IM me </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Not the only one…. <ul><li>New- Last 3 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Because it requires Broadband Connection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rapid growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>April 2006 – 60,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May 2006 – 70,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oct 2006 – 118,000,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feb 2007 - 157,133,164 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New marketing opportunity - Viable advertising space </li></ul>
    14. 14. Social Networking sites <ul><ul><li> Based on tagging Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>aSmallWorld European jet set and social elite Invite-only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10.Bebo Schools and colleges Unknown Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campus Beaver North American university/college-oriented social network Open to College/University students, recent grads and high school seniors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Local social networking site in Estonia Unknown Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DeadJournal &quot;Dark&quot; blog community, based on LiveJournal Requires invite or payment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Downelink LGBT communityUnknown Open </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Social Networking sites 2 <ul><ul><ul><li>2. Facebook American college and high school students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open to students and alumn </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>i Faceparty British teens and 20-somethings Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Friendster Friend networks Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GreatestJournal Uses LiveJournal code 1 Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>8. Popular in Europe, Latin America and Caribbean Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Hyves Popular in The Netherlands, mainly students Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IMVU Based upon a 3D chat client Open </li></ul></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Social Networking sites 3 <ul><ul><li>IRC-Galleria Largest social networking site in Finland Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JDate Jewish dating website Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn Focused on business relations Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4. LiveJournal Blogging, networking, and communities Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mixi Most popular in Japan Invite-only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1.MySpace Social networks and music Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7. myYearbook American teen networking Open </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Social Networking sites 4 <ul><ul><li>Nexopia Most popular in western Canada Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OkCupid Dating service Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>openBC Worldwide business network Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Orkut Owned by Google Invite-only </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passado Combines social and business networks Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political Friendster A parody of the original Friendster for United States Politics Open </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Profileheaven UK teens won community site of the year 2005 from metrix labs Open </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Social Networking sites 5 <ul><ul><ul><li> Music promotion Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Slide Photo sharing application based network Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sconex American high schools Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Controversial mobile phone community Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Snubster The First Anti-Social Networking Site Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>StumbleUpon Toolbar-based website ratings Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Studybreakers High school students & alumni, formerly &quot;Classface“ Open </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Social Networking sites 6 <ul><ul><ul><li>9. Tagged Teen based network Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6.TagWorld General social site with tagging Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Student Center Teen & college community site Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> Communities Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>iWiW Popular in Hungary Invite-only </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>WAYN Travellers Open </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. Xanga Blogs and communities Open </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Social Networking sites 7 <ul><ul><ul><li>Xuqa College networking site, similar to facebookOpen </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5. Yahoo! 360Linked to Yahoo! IDs Open </li></ul></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Controversy – Content (Ed) <ul><li>MySpace has been criticized by the media due to some members posting nude or indecent pictures of themselves, in violation of the MySpace Terms of Service [11]. Recently there have been a number of criminal cases concerning such materials; authorities once shut the site down to investigate it in more detail. Such images, as well as the level of profanity in some sections of the site have led some US schools and corporations to block access to MySpace [12]. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Controversy – Freedom of Speech <ul><li>Many of the responses to criticism have been just as controversial as the criticism itself. While many school districts choose simply to filter the site, others attempt to punish students for their comments posted on the site. When the student is being punished merely for comments, the ACLU and the EFF often become involved, seeing such punishments as a violation of students' free speech rights. Many of these cases are pending in lower courts; however, it would seem that as long as comments on MySpace are written as opinion, they would be considered protected speech. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Controversy - Safety <ul><li>There are also cases of adults using MySpace to find, meet, and stalk young teenagers. Such cases are typically the result of the victim displaying personal information on their profile unaware of the potential audience. Law enforcement is working to spread knowledge about this subject to users of social networking sites to help prevent cases in the future. These problems are not specific to MySpace, as any social-networking site can be used to find information about underage users, including but not limited to chat rooms, instant-messaging, blogs, and IRC. According to one of the World's leading internet privacy lawyers the incidents of stalkings, while real are often overplayed in the media and are made to appear much more prevalent than they truly are. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Use In Educational Settings <ul><li>Many schools and public libraries in the US and the UK have begun to restrict access to MySpace because it has become &quot;such a haven for student gossip and malicious comments&quot;[8]. </li></ul><ul><li>Some private schools, particularly those with a religious base, have even attempted to ban their pupils from accessing MySpace at home[9]. Anybody who violates this policy in this setting would have an automatic suspension. </li></ul><ul><li>On November 7, 2005 only 400 out of 3,000 students of Warren High School in San Antonio, Texas showed up after two male students posted that they were going to bring guns to school. The threat was seen by officials and the students were arrested before anything could happen [10]. Such threats are not uncommon on MySpace. There have been many similar, less-publicized situations involving high-school students making threats that tend to be less serious. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2005, a Connecticut teacher was suspended from teaching after school officials discovered he had a MySpace and used it to communicate with students. </li></ul>
    25. 25. Prevalence <ul><li>1 in 5 children (under 17) have received unwanted sexual solicitations online </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 33 have received an aggressive solicitation to meet somewhere </li></ul><ul><li>49% of online solicitations are not disclosed </li></ul>
    26. 26. SAFE PRACTICE (Students) <ul><li>Don't forget that your profile and MySpace forums are public spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>People aren't always who they say they are. Be careful about adding strangers to your friends list. </li></ul><ul><li>Harassment, hate speech and inappropriate content should be reported. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't post anything that would embarrass you later. – The Grandma Rule </li></ul><ul><li>Don't mislead people into thinking that you're older or younger. </li></ul>
    27. 27. Setting the rules… <ul><li>Societal Rules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be street smart in your home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give trust sparingly – Trust and Tell… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you wouldn’t shout it to the world don’t post it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be sparingly honest </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Protecting vs. Policing (Parents) <ul><li>Talk with child about how predators ‘groom’ children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convincing child of sincerity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convincing child of similar interest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Convincing child that they must ‘meet’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Secrecy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discuss and Agree </li></ul>
    29. 29. House Rules… <ul><li>House Rules – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Place ‘eyeballs’ on the computer monitor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agree on Personal Profile information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agree on Privacy Settings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agree on IM Settings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Join the group with your own My Space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the other family rules…. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Share info- communicate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What Should My Best Friend Do (WSMBFD) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    30. 30. Scary or Secure? <ul><li>----------------- Original Message ----------------- From: mel Date: Apr 16, 2006 1:49 PM I think it's a mixture of scary and secure. I've received some really wierd friends requests and emails. I have very little personal information on my page for obvious reasons. I swore to myself that I would never use myspace, but after months of a friend begging me to do so, I caved. I'm still having second thoughts. </li></ul>
    31. 31. Scary or Secure #2 <ul><li>I think my space is fun! I run into like a million people that I went to school.  I really don't think that I would have been able to contact them with out it.    I think it is great. Only thing that gets on my nerves is the stupid music groups that try to promote themselves on here. I feel that MySpace is pretty secure. But it is just like anything on the Internet little ones need to be wary of predators. They should only add people that they already know or that their friends know. If people use MySpace as a dating service then I could totally see people getting into trouble. But that really depends on how cautious the user is. </li></ul>
    32. 32. Setting the rules <ul><li>Love All </li></ul><ul><li>Trust a Few </li></ul><ul><li>Do Wrong to No One! </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare </li></ul>
    33. 33. References <ul><li>&quot;Filling up MySpace&quot; in MercatorNet, Feb 25, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>^   Alexa Internet Alexa Web Search - top 500 English language websites . Retrieved March 4, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>^   CNN, May 31, 2001. Online storage firm shutters file depot . Retrieved December 29, 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>^   Intermix Media, July 18, 2005. News Corporation to Acquire Intermix Media, Inc. . Retrieved December 29, 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>^   BBC News, January 24, 2006. MySpace looks to UK music scene . Retrieved January 24, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>^   Kuro5hin, July 17, 2005. MySpace: A Place for Dolts . Retrieved December 29, 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>^   Slashdot, October 14, 2005. Cross-Site Scripting Worm Floods MySpace . Retrieved December 29, 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>^   Curriculum Review, October 2005. Schools race to restrict MySpace . </li></ul><ul><li>^   The Daily News, Washington, January 22, 2006. The MySpace case . Retrieved February 15, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>^   WOAI, November 11, 2005. Online Terror Thread Hits Local High School . Retrieved February 6, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>^   The Capital, January 1, 2006. Web site gives raw look into the lives of area teenagers . Retrieved January 24, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>^   Boston Globe, December 8, 2005. Website's power to overexpose teens stirs a warning . Retrieved January 24, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>^   MSNBC Dateline, February 4, 2006. To Catch a Predator III . Retrieved February 15, 2006. </li></ul>