Dangers &Benefits of Social Networking

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The Dangers and Benefits of Social Networking
The Do 's and Dont 's:
Social Networking Dangers * Adults use the sites * Innapropriate language, nudity, alcohol use, sexually provocative images, etc. * Predators use it to gather information * No real method of age verification * Some social networking services allow people to view profiles without logging on

Social Networking Do 's * Set profiles to private * Read saftey tips on ALL SN websites * Disscuss online privacy
Social Networking Don 'ts * No addresses, phone numbers, or other identifiable information

* Once posted online....it is there to stay * Don 't add people you don 't know as friends! You don 't know if
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* What makes social network sites unique is not that they allow individuals to meet strangers, but rather that they enable users to articulate and make visible their social networks. This can result in connections between individuals that would not otherwise be made, but that is often not the goal, and these meetings are frequently between "latent ties" (Haythornthwaite, 2005) who share some offline connection. On many of the large SNSs, participants are not necessarily "networking" or looking to meet new people; instead, they are primarily communicating with people who are already a part of their extended social network. To emphasize this articulated social network as a critical organizing feature of these sites, we label them "social network sites." * While SNSs have implemented a wide variety of technical features, their backbone consists of visible profiles that display an articulated list of Friends1 who are also users of the system. Profiles are unique pages where one can "type oneself into being" (Sundén, 2003, p. 3). After joining an SNS, an individual is asked to fill out forms containing a series of questions. The profile is generated using the answers to these questions, which typically include descriptors such as age, location, interests, and an "about me" section. Most sites also encourage users to upload a profile photo. Some sites
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