In regards to Connie Cossar’s post “The Social Web”:
I, too signed up to facebook to keep in touch with friends. I have taught overseas, and we all thought this was a great way to stay in touch with one another. How I found out about facebook was actually through one of the high-school students I had coached basketball. I told her of my leaving and she immediately responded… “sign up for facebook!!” How do these students find out about these sites? I always feel as though I am one step behind them.
Has facebook gone too far? While I was in Toronto I heard on the news, that friends of the girl who was murdered on New Years Day had posted the name of the suspect in the case. Which was clearly against the law, as the suspect was under the age of 18. So where is the privacy? I has also heard, that employers are actually snooping on Facebook to find out about people who they intend to hire? Where do we draw the line?
In the article “MySpace Agrees to Lead Fight to Stop Sex Predators” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/15/us/15myspace.html?ref=media
It was says that MySpace as well as Facebook have taken steps to “shield children from online dangers.” But then again,where there is a will, there is a way. Kids always seem to be a step ahead.
As educators, what can we do about this? I feel out of the loop for most of these social networking sites. I saw facebook as it was, a place to keep in touch, little did I know what was actually going on. I feel as though educators and parents should be aware of these sites first before they are in the hands of our youth, so we are able to educate them and help them make the wise choices.