Facing the Facebook Facebook is an online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges and universities nationwide.
Facebook Facts oFacebook launched in 2004 by Harvard students o85% of college students have a facebook profile, average 15-20 minutes per day o70% of users log in daily oBetween 10,000-20,000 new members sign up each day oFacebook logs over 250 million page views in any given 24-hour period
More Facebook Facts 2006 study conducted by Student Monitor found Facebook tied with beer for 2 nd most "in" thing among undergrads (winner was iPod) In September 2005 Facebook opened the door to high schools and high school students. As of November 2005 worldwide user accounts passed 11 million worldwid Facebook is now open to anyone with a valid email address!
Access to Facebook oAnyone with a valid e-mail address oThis site is free to users
Facebook Profile oUsers create their own profile and update it anytime. The user can display the following information: NameHometown & StateFavorite TV shows CityHigh schoolFavorite movies SexRelationship statusFavorite books MajorSexual orientationFavorite quotes ResidencePolitical viewsInterests Contact infoClubs & JobsFavorite music BirthdayClassesSelf description
Facebook’s Main Features oMaking “Friends” & Keeping in Touch, “Pokes” oPersonal Whiteboards or “Walls” oJoining “Groups” oAdvertising Parties / “Events” oPrivate messaging oUploading and sharing an unlimited amount of pictures
Facebook Disadvantages oPrivacy and safety oEmployer / administration access oNaivete of students oMisuse oDistraction
Facebook’s Pitfalls A. Personal Safety – students often list physical address, cell #, class schedule, birthday, social activities, relationships. (Stalking, Identity theft), current location “STATUS” B. Privacy invasion“Data mining” C. Personal Representation – provides covert way to express racial and sexually insensitive feelings or sediments, legitimizes aberrant behavior, glorifies alcohol/drug abuse D. Promoting fraud (scams, predators)
Policing Facebook E.University police, parents, administrators using FACEBOOK to identify problem students & illegal behaviors. 1. University of Georgia scooter incident 2. Fisher College expels student government president 3. US Secret Service meets with Oklahoma University freshman 4. Penn State University police catch swarming students 5. North Kentucky University punishes students for drinking 6. SUNY College at Cobleskill administrators suspend student for threatening message 7. University of Oxford staff searched through student photos in an effort to root out poor conduct from students celebrating their exam results and graduation.
More Facebook Issues Social Development oConnects students before ever meeting oPotential to isolate / embarrass students oReduces interpersonal interaction oLegitimizes aberrant behavior oGlorifies alcohol / drug abuse oCan trivialize sexual encounters & identity
Personal Safety oStudents often list personal residence, cell numbers, classes on site oExcessive information (hometown, birthday) makes student more likely to be victim of identity theft oProvides covert way to express racial & sexually insensitive feelings or sentiments oFake profiles
Four Arrested in Facebook Copy Cat Stunt 4 Arrested In 'Fire In The Hole' Hot Sauce Prank At Drive-Through NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- YouTube has the latest must-watch videos, but police in North Huntingdon said one prank inspired by the popular Web site is no laughing matter. On Thursday morning, police said four teenagers have been arrested after somebody yelled "Fire in the hole" and threw a liquid mixture with hot sauce at a restaurant employee earlier this month.
On a positive note Creating a Memorial is one example where facebook manifested the positive potential UCA Student drowning Facebook updates, testimonials
Parent, Staff Responses to Facebook oBecome familiar with technology students use oIdentify positive ways to harness technology oEducate the students that the web is not a private playground. Facebook is a “public” diary, a “widely viewed” cyber bulletin board. oLimit use of facebook, restrict facebook from campus/office oReinforce prosocial values and challenge inappropriate behavior.