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Title: MySpace and Facebook and Tagged, Oh My: What you need to know about social networking websites


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MySpace and Facebook and Tagged, Oh My What you
need to know about social networking websites
  • Dr. Odin Jurkowski

Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL)
Spring Conference 04.16.07 Session VI (430pm)
04.17.07 Session VIII (1010am)
http//faculty.cmsu.edu/jurkowski/MASL2007
Last updated 4.13.07
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What this Workshop is all About
  • Social networks
  • What are these new fangled things all about,
  • why do I need to know about them,
  • what does it mean to me and my students?

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Agenda
  • Introduction
  • Web 2.0 (Library 2.0)
  • Social Networking Explained
  • Safety
  • Education

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Expectations change
  • Email is for old people
  • Cell phone, IM, MySpace,

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Wow, thats a lot of users
  • There are over 106,000,000 registered users of
    MySpace (as of 2006).
  • If MySpace were a country, it would be the 11th
    largest in the world (between Japan and Mexico).

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Examples
  • MySpace 80 of social networking use
  • Facebook 90 of college students
  • Tagged, and 100 others

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Social Networking Websites and Teens An Overview
  • "More than half (55) of all online American
    youths ages 12-17 use online social networking
    sites, according to a new national survey of
    teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet
    American Life Project.
  • Older teens, particularly girls, are more likely
    to use these sites.
  • For girls, social networking sites are primarily
    places to reinforce pre-existing friendships
  • For boys, the networks also provide
    opportunities for flirting and making new
    friends."

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  • In December, the Office of Undergraduate
    Admissions launched a Facebook page designed to
    communicate and build community among students
    admitted to UCM for the fall semester. Within 24
    hours, approximately 15 of the admit pool at the
    time joined the community.
  • Admissions Representatives have responded to
    student questions and concerns regarding a
    variety of issues including finding a roommate,
    selecting classes, orientation, next steps, etc.

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Everyones Involved
  • Barack Obama http//www.myspace.com/barackobama
  • Hillary Clinton http//www.myspace.com/hillaryclin
    ton2008

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Web 2.0
  • Instant Messaging
  • Blogs
  • YouTube
  • Video Blogs
  • Podcasts
  • RSS
  • Wikis
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Online Photo Galleries

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Characteristics of a Digital Native
  • Following is a compilation of characteristics of
    21st-century learners gleaned from a variety of
    sources, including an American Association of
    School Librarians blog, high school and
    university student interviews, and Kim Jones,
    vice president of global education for Sun
    Microsystems.
  • Multimedia oriented
  • Web-based
  • Less fear of failure
  • Instant gratification
  • Impatient
  • Nonlinear
  • Multitasker
  • Less textual, more modalities
  • Active involvement
  • Very creative
  • Less structured
  • Expressive
  • Extremely social
  • Need a sense of security that they are defining
    for and by themselves
  • Egocentric
  • Preference for electronic environments
  • Have electronic friends
  • Thrive with redefined structure
  • Surface-oriented
  • Information overload
  • Widening gap to information access
  • Share a common language
  • Risk takers
  • Technology is a need
  • Aren't looking for the right answer
  • Feel a sense of entitlement
  • Constant engagement
  • All information is equal
  • No cultural distinctions (global)
  • Striving to be independent

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Social Networking
  • Asynchronous
  • Less pressure than phone
  • Not face-to-face less intimidating
  • Easy
  • Personalized
  • Features Web 2.0 components discussion, notes,
    pictures,
  • Events

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Positive Aspects
  • Social networking is a way to connect to others
  • Create new friendships, or a way to contact
    current friends
  • Sense of community
  • Opportunity to create a positive self-image

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Challenges
  • False sense of security
  • Students can be stalked
  • Overuse can distract students from academic and
    other extra curricular time
  • Association with certain interest groups could
    create a negative impact on image
  • Could get in trouble with school administrators
    for improper use or poor judgment

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Safety on School Computers
  • Filters
  • Antivirus
  • Deep Freeze
  • Acceptable use policy
  • Webpage disclaimers

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Warning to Students
  • 77 of job recruiters check web sites and social
    networking sites before hiring
  • Some schools using information on web to make
    discipline decisions
  • Safety / stalking issues

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Stay Safe What to tell students
  • Keep your identity private
  • Never get together with someone you meet online
  • Never respond to e-mail, chat comments, instant
    messages, or other messages that are hostile,
    belligerent, inappropriate or in any way make you
    feel uncomfortable
  • Talk with your parents about their expectations
    and ground rules for going online
  • Utilize privacy settings
  • Google yourself
  • What you post may be around forever
  • Wayback Machine
  • Think about who may see your profile parents,
    grandparents, teachers, employers

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Proposed Legislation
  • Illinois
  • Social Networking Website Prohibition Act (SB
    1682) public libraries and schools would have
    to prohibit access to social networking websites
    on all computers made available to the public.
  • Georgia North Carolina
  • SB 59 SB 132 would require owners of social
    networking sites to force minors to get parental
    permission
  • Alaska
  • SB 49 ties e-rate funding to blocking minors
    access to social networking sites unless there is
    parental consent

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ILA Talking Points
  • Education, not laws blocking access, is the key
    to safe use of the Internet. Libraries and
    schools are safe places where kids can learn
    essential information literacy skills.
  • Limiting access to social networking sites in
    E-rate schools and libraries will have little
    impact on the overall problem since young people
    access these sites from many locations. If
    children are going to get into trouble online,
    chances are it wont be at school.
  • New Internet-based applications for
    collaboration, business, and learning are
    becoming increasing important, and young people
    must be prepared to thrive in a work environment
    where meetings take place online
  • Local decision making is the way to solve the
    problems

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Educational uses
  • Communication tool
  • Student organizations
  • Announcements
  • But this is primarily at college level. What
    about k-12?
  • Safety / Security
  • Under 18

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Organizational MySpace Pages
  • Brooklyn College Library http//www.myspace.com/br
    ooklyncollegelibrary
  • ALA http//profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseactio
    nuser.viewprofilefriendid134390181
  • Independence High School http//groups.myspace.com
    /index.cfm?fuseactiongroups.groupProfilegroupID
    100000360MyTokend909252a-83e6-48d8-a326-ca1098e7
    dbf8

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Why do we need to be aware
  • Concepts are important, and these pieces show up
    in other secure software tools
  • Need to understand what students are doing
  • Need a safe social networking site for schools
  • Parents need to communicate with children

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Social skills are integral to media literacy
  • Preventing libraries from dealing with social
    networking sites is the worst possible course of
    action. Instead, lets make sure that our
    librarians and teachers have an informed
    perspective about whats going on in the online
    world, that they know how to balance the risks
    and benefits of using social networking that most
    adults now use to go about their work lives.
    Henry Jenkins

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Useful Resources
  • List of Social Networking Sites
    http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networ
    king_websites
  • ePALS SchoolMail http//schoolmail.epalscorp.com/s
    choolmail/
  • ePALS SchoolBlog http//schoolblog.epals.com/?ide
    palshome
  • http//www.ila.org/advocacy/pdf/DOPA.pdf

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Examples
  • MySpace http//www.myspace.com/odinjurkowski
  • Facebook http//cmsu.facebook.com/profile.php?id5
    7008116
  • Shuzak http//www.shuzak.com/SignIn.php

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Contact Information
  • Dr. Odin Jurkowski
  • Associate Professor of Library Science
    Information Services
  • Program Coordinator, Educational Technology
  • Department of Educational Leadership Human
    Development
  • College of Education
  • University of Central Missouri
  • Lovinger 4200B
  • Warrensburg MO 64093
  • phone 660.543.8387
  • jurkowski_at_ucmo.edu
  • http//faculty.cmsu.edu/jurkowski
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