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Online Communitites:

What Parents Need to Know

types of online communities
Types of Online Communities
  • Myspace: a networking website offering a community network of blogs, sign-in user profiles, groups, photos, and an internal e-mail system. According to Alexa Internet, as of May 2006 it is the world’s 4th most popular English-language website and the 8th most popular in the world.
  • FaceBook:a networking service for high school, college and university communities.
  • Friendster:is based on the Circle of Friends technique for networking individuals in virtual communities and demonstrates the small world phenomenon.
  • LiveJournal:is a virtual community where Internet users can keep a blog, journal, or diary.
  • Xanga:is both a blog service and a networking service. It is also a weblog community; on-line diaries and journals.
why use online communities
Why use online communities?
  • Networking
  • Diary entries
  • Chat with friends
  • Advertise events/Promotions
  • Post photos and videos
  • Hobby
  • Meet people with common interest
  • Have Fun!!!
who s watching your student
Who’s Watching Your Student?
  • Friends and Family

-You can keep in touch with old and new friends, as well as family members.

  • Employers

-Employers have access to information that would be illegal for them to factor, such as race, gender, sexuality, group affiliations.

-It can be seen as a letter of reference

  • Institutions and Schools

-Reed College, school denied admission to an applicant in part due to his disparaging comments on Live Journal regarding the school.

-CSUF Judicial Affairs can access your student’s online community if they have been accused of a policy violation and they are investigating the accusation. If a violation is found, your student’s status as a student could be at risk.

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Who’s Watching Your Student?


  • Police

-Police departments are increasingly using on-line communities to identify possible suspects.

-Use postings to see where residence hall parties are scheduled to occur, etc.

  • On-line Predators

-Numerous students have been stalked online.

-Lehigh University, male student continued to request a meeting with a female student after she gave him her AOL screen name.

dangers of online communities
Dangers of Online Communities
  • Online communities provide a false sense of security.
  • Students put private information in a public venue.
  • Information that is posted can lead to some negative repercussions.
  • Can become time consuming.
  • Hard to tell what people’s intentions are because they are not face to face encounters.
tips to keep your students safe
Tips to Keep Your Students Safe
  • The default setting is set on “All Public.” Consider talking to your students about setting their profiles to private.
  • Students can make certain parts of their profile available to an exclusive list of friends.
  • Remember that when listed, addresses and private information can be seen by the public.
  • Encourage safety over popularity.
  • Encourage your students to think twice before posting anything on their profile that they would regret later.
what can i do as a parent
What can I do as a Parent?
  • Be aware of issues related to online communities.
  • Talk with your student.

-Open the lines of communication.

references resources
  • “Quick Clicks: You, Your Safety & Cyber Communities” – PaperClip Communications (Student Brochure)
  • – “Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia”
  • - “Mediawise: watch what your kids watch”