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  1. Social Networking:What Business Educators Need To Know Lisa Lewis Matthew Lutton Chi Chapter Indiana State University Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  2. Outline • What is Social Networking? • Popularity • Benefits • Dangers to Consider • In the News • Suggestions for Protection • Summary Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  3. What is Social Networking? • A map of the relationships between individuals • Websites with user-created online profiles • Personal information • Hobbies • Career or student information • Photos, video, and/or multi-media • Interests • Comments/”Walls” Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  4. TheSites • MySpace • Facebook • Xanga.com • YouTube • Friendster • Yahoo! Groups • Blogger • ClassMates.com • LiveJournal Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  5. Popularity • MySpace has over 100 million registered users • Ranks #1 in SNS • Reportedly growing by over 200,000 users each day • Busier than Google (2-3 times daily traffic) • Facebook has 18 million registered users • 30 billion page views/month • 18 minutes/user spent each day • Most viewed website by 17-25 year old males (56%) and females (69%) • SNS grow by 47%, year over year • 85% of all high school and college students are members of either site Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  6. Potential Benefits of Social Networking Websites • Keeping in contact • Making new contacts • Networking/job search • Messaging • Blogging • Developing computer skills • Online memorials Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  7. Dangers to Consider • For Students • Punishment for posted material • Privacy concerns • For Educators • Employment concerns • Maintaining the expected student/teacher distance Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  8. In the News… • Carmel High School (IN) • Sexually explicit and racial comments about teachers • Expulsion and 10 days OSS fell under harassment and bullying policies • TeWinkle Middle School (CA) • 20 students suspended for two days • Threatening comments and anti-Semitic slurs towards staff • Northshore School District (WA) • School threats and creation of false account using teacher’s identity • Preventative lockdown and suspension of two students Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  9. Suggestions for Protection:For You and Your Students • Monitor content • Use your best judgment and common sense • Know your school’s A.U.P. • Recognize the public nature of the Internet • Educate your students on benefits and dangers • Encourage responsible use • When possible, get parents involved Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  10. Summary: What You Need to Know Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007

  11. Q & A Chi Chapter-Pi Omega Pi New York City Conference, 2007