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
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
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
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)
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?
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.
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
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 • email@example.com • 419-222-9946