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Saving Face While Protecting My Space. a presentation on Facebook and MySpace by Mark D. Light – 4-H Educator – Allen County. Pros. Great place to advertise your teen events Good way to meet people across the state that have similar interests to you Share pictures/videos with friends

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Saving Face While Protecting My Space

a presentation on Facebook and MySpace

by Mark D. Light – 4-H Educator – Allen County


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Pros

  • Great place to advertise your teen events

  • Good way to meet people across the state that have similar interests to you

  • Share pictures/videos with friends

  • Birthday reminders

  • Keep in touch with people you meet in person….

  • Personal messages

  • Friend’s information all in one place

  • Easy of keeping up with what is going on


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Cons

  • Open to over 154,000,000 people (MySpace)

  • Fake information or profiles – Principals, celebrities

  • Continuous changing user agreement

  • Teacher, Staff, Coaches, Employers have access too

  • Can’t sue or force them to remove someone’s content

  • Anyone can copy information off your site

  • Online Predators

  • Spam Profiles and junky ads (MySpace)

  • Information Overload


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Consequences

  • Lake County High School will hold students accountable for the information on blogs and social networking Web sites. (Chicago Tribune, 5/23/2006).

  • Libertyville High School will have to sign a pledge that “illegal or inappropriate" behavior posted on the Internet could be grounds for disciplinary action. (Chicago Tribune, 5/23/2006).

  • Penn State police used Facebook to identify students who rushed the field after the Nittany Lions defeated Ohio State in an Oct. 8 football game. (Courierjournal.com, 2005)


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Questions to ask yourself

  • Are you comfortable with the kinds of things others might find online?

  • Is everything you’ve posted in line with values and good representative of you?

  • Is there anything a parent, coach, teacher, might find questionable?

  • How will you react if someone draws something like this to your attention?

  • Would something on your site keep you from getting a college scholarship?


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Posting

  • Be prudent about what you post.

  • Remember that teachers, coaches, staff, and even future employers (using friend contacts) can examine Facebook and MySpace profiles.

  • Take advantage of privacy settings that permit only friends to take a peek.

  • Keep removing old content and pictures.

  • Remove old groups.

  • Post events that are open to the public, but not ones that you would want outsiders to know about.


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Profile

  • “Visible only to friends”

  • Do not list cell phones

  • Do not list your address where you live

  • Consider leaving off your last name

  • Do not list sn or other information that link you to websites or personal information

  • Birthdates, ages, cities, high schools


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For more information

  • FACEBOOK

    • Name: Mark D. Light

    • Networks: Ohio Northern Alum '96 Columbus, OH

    • Fields: Civil EngineeringCollege Student Personnel

  • MySpace

    • http://www.myspace.com/allencounty4h

    • http://www.myspace.com/allencountyfair

    • http://www.myspace.com/4hcamppalmer

    • Mark Light – Allen County 4-H Educator OSU Extension

    • Focus specialty - Online social networking

    • light.42@cfaes.osu.edu

    • 419-222-9946


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