Students love social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace because they offer quick, informal connections between people who share interests. Messages, pictures, videos, and instant messages reach a few friends or the whole world in seconds. But there’s no taking back a statement or photo that’s been published. How will parents, school officials, future and current employers, or online predators interpret a student’s online profile?
You can challenge your students to think about what is private and personal. Print a poster from Ohio State University, pick up a thought-provoking handout on social networking at the SCC library reference desk, or read “10 Privacy Settings every Facebook User Should Know About” on allfacebook.com (a blog about Facebook) for step-by-step instructions on how to protect your privacy on Facebook.