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Title: Social Networking: Do You Know How Your Students are Connecting Online

Social Networking Do You Know How Your Students
are Connecting Online?
  • Westside AzTEA Workshop
  • Thursday, January 17, 2008
  • 430-630pm
  • Cartwright Training Center
  • Welcome, introductions and workshop agenda (log
    in to wikispace)
  • http//
  • Overview of Social Networking (Peggy George)
  • MySpace/Second Life/video gaming overview (Steve
  • FaceBook overview (Laurie King)
  • VoiceThread overview (Dave Beard)
  • Hands-on time to explore various social
    networking sites
  • Internet safety with social networking (Peggy
  • Brainstorming uses of social networking in
    classrooms, SANDBOX wikispace introduction,
    workshop evaluation/certificates (Irma
  • Wrap-up/final questions

What is Social Networking?
  • Online video A Vision of K-12 Students Today
  • Web 2.0 Read/Write Web--More than retrieving
  • Social Network
  • An association of people drawn together by
    family, work or hobby. The term was first
  • coined by professor J. A. Barnes in the 1950s,
    who defined the size of a social network
  • as a group of about 100 to 150 people. On the
    Web, social networking sites have millions of
  • Social Networking Site
  • A Web site that provides a virtual community for
    people interested in a particular subject or just
    to "hang out" together. Members create their own
    online "profile" with biographical data,
    pictures, likes, dislikes and any other
    information they choose to post. They communicate
    with each other by voice, chat, instant message,
    videoconference and blogs, and the service
    typically provides a way for members to contact
    friends of other members.
  • Sites may also serve as a vehicle for meeting in
    person. The "social networking site" is the 21st
    century "virtual community," a group of people
    who use the Internet to communicate with each
    other about anything and everything. One can find
    dating sites, friendship sites, sites with a
    business purpose and hybrids that offer a
    combination of these. Globally, hundreds of
    millions of people have joined one or more social
    networking sites.
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Social Network Service
  • A social network service focuses on the building
    and verifying of online social networks for
    communities of people who share interests and
    activities, or who are interested in exploring
    the interests and activities of others, and which
    necessitates the use of software.
  • Most services are primarily web based and provide
    a collection of various ways for users to
    interact, such as chat, messaging, email, video,
    voice chat, file sharing, blogging, discussion
    groups, and so on.
  • The main types of social networking services are
    those which contain directories of some
    categories (such as former classmates), means to
    connect with friends (usually with
    self-description pages), and recommender systems
    linked to trust.
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Teens, Social Networks SafetyAn
OverviewAmanda LenhartFamily Online Safety
Institute LaunchFebruary 13, 2007Washington, DC
  • Interviewed 935 parent child pairs in Oct-Nov
    2006 1100 pairs in November 2004
  • Teens ages 12-17
  • Nationally representative sample
  • Focus groups conducted in the summers of 2004
  • Building on previous survey work with teens and
    parents in 2000

Who is Online?
  • 70 of American adults go online
  • 93 of American teens ages 12 to 17 use the
  • 87 of all parents online
  • 73 of all families have broadband _at_ home
  • 68 of online Americans have home broadband
  • 7 of teens do not use the internet

Content Creation
  • 57 of online teens have created some kind of
    content online
  • Includes
  • Photos
  • Video
  • Writing, stories
  • Artwork
  • Songs, music
  • 19 have a blog
  • 38 read the blogs of others
  • 76 of social network-using teens leave comments
    on the blogs of friends
  • Self-expression and feedback

Connecting Communicating
  • 89 of online teens have ever sent or received
  • 74 of online teens use instant messaging
  • 45 of ALL teens have a cellular phone
  • 38 of teens have sent a text message from a cell
  • Other activities of similar popularity
  • 84 of online teens have visited websites
    where they could learn more about movies, TV
    shows, music groups or sports stars
  • 80 of online teens have played online games

Social Networking Websites
  • Online Social Networks are web spaces where
    individuals can post information about
    themselves, usually by creating a profile or
    website, and where they can connect with others
    in the same network.
  • Two main elements to social networking that
    relate to its appeal to teens (and young adults)
  • Connecting and communicating with others
  • Content creation a.k.a. self-expression
  • 55 of online teens use social networking
  • 55 have a profile online

Social Networking Websites - Basics
  • Girls, particularly older girls, more likely to
    use SNS than boys (70 of girls 15-17 have
    profile online, compared to 57 of boys 15-17)
  • Age is major factor
  • 12 13 year-olds 37 have an online profile
  • 14 -17 year-olds 63 have an online profile
  • Other demographic factors not significant
  • Income
  • Race/ethnicity

What are Teens Doing on SNS?
  • Reinforcing pre-existing relationships
  • 91 stay in touch with friends they see a lot
  • 82 stay in touch with friends they rarely see in
  • Meeting new people flirting
  • 49 make new friends
  • (more for boys, less for girls)
  • 17 flirt
  • (mostly older boys 29 of them flirt vs. 13 of
    older girls)

Communicating on SNS
  • Making plans with friends
  • 72 make plans with friends on SNS
  • Sending messages
  • 84 post message on friends wall or page
  • 82 send private messages to a friend
  • 76 post comments to a friends blog
  • 61 send a bulletin or mass message to all
    friends in the system
  • 33 wink, poke, give e-props or kudos to friends

SNS and Protective Measures
  • 66 of all teens with profiles online have in
    some way restricted access to it
  • includes hiding it completely
  • taking it down
  • making it private
  • 77 of profile-owning teens have a currently
    visible online profile
  • Of those with a visible profile, 59 say only
    their friends can see their profile.
  • 40 say anyone can see profile

Tensions in SNS Use
  • Embodies tension in social networking sites
  • Teens want to stay safe
  • Want to connect with friends and with those with
    similar interests
  • People need to be able to find you to make new
  • Social networks ask for lots of personal
    information when you create a profile
  • Facilitates good and bad findability

Protecting Teens Online
  • Filtering54 of families filter
  • Public computing location73
  • House internet rules64
  • 62 of parents.33 of teens say they/their
    parents check up on teens after they go online
  • Filtering up, others stable

Online Behavior Parent Teen Attitudes
  • 81 of parents and 79 of teens agree that kids
    are not as careful as they should be about the
    information they give out online
  • 62 of parents and 62 of teens agree that kids
    do things online that they wouldnt want their
    parents to know about
  • Overall, most parents believe that the internet
    is a good thing for their children

Online Safety Future Challenges
  • Mobility
  • Geography
  • Nature of Teens
  • looking for new things
  • generational and personal separation from elders
  • risk-taking
  • User Generated Content

Thanks to Amanda Lenhart for this
presentation Pew Internet American Life
Project http//