Social Networking in Education

Overview of Social Networking's Impact on Education

Current Impact

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"While the media fervor over Facebook, MySpace and the like has concentrated on the disruptions they often cause in the learning environment, there's a movement in education that looks to leverage the potential of social networking for educational purposes." (3)

Are social networking websites educational or are they considered a threat to education?
Social networking has turned into a Virtual Campus (3) where students can use to their advantage whether it is for educational purposes or to harm the educational system. Students have used Myspace and Facebook to comment on the negative side of their school whether it is commenting on a teachers peformace or criticizing the school administration.
Schools have gone as far as simply banning these social networking websites from students during school although other measures have been taken. "any schools discipline students based on content from their Facebook posting, or prevent certain groups like athletes from maintaining profiles at all."(3) The question is can schools really ban students from maintaining profiles? It it that big of a threat that it impacts their performance?

One common risk with social networking is the invasion of privacy. (shown in the video above)


Social Networking are fast growing websites that will come and go, it will be an ongoing trend of which sites teachers will be blocking or allowing.

What needs to happen in education:

The debate between whether social networking is a distraction towards education is always going to be around, the only way to fix this problem is to weigh the benefits and costs the students in your school are taking by using social networking. Most teachers and administrators wont enjoy the fact that their students are using Myspace, Facebook or LiveJournal but they also need to understand there are other forms of social networking such as Purevolume, YouTube Flickr and Piczo . Which can be helpful to a students learning enviroment, as long as it is used correctly and responsibly.

Prekindergarten and Elementary Education

Current Impact

untitled.JPGUnlike websites such as Myspace, Facebook or LiveJournal where you are interacting with your own homepage and communicating with other people relatively in the same age group as you. Social Networking in the PreKindergarten and Elementary Education area is most commonly range from creating virtual pets online and interacting with others to blogging or chatting. Since this is a very young age for children to begin interacting socially through the internet most networks will ask the children for their parents email adress or to mail in a signed permission form via internet or mail to verify their age to verify it is okay. The most dangerous impact today usually found on myspace, is the entrapment of pedophiles to these young children. Other problems relate to family issues such as children not spending enough time with the family, especially at such a young age when family time is critical both emotionally and physically. Too much "screen time" can result in attention or learning disorders in the child. There are websites out there reflecting on When Kids Network Online: The Benefits and Risks.

"Kim Stewart, a Tuxedo, N.Y., mother of three, already has her hands full limiting her 15-year-old daughter's avid use of to two hours a day. Now, she finds herself playing online cop with her 8- and 9-year-old daughters, too" (1)

myspace-logo-marker-bg.jpg"How younger children are affected is more complicated, Dr. Turkle says. Clearly, kids can benefit from learning how to function online, she says. However, little is known about the developmental impact of blurring the line between the virtual and physical worlds - such as becoming emotionally attached to virtual creatures that seem "almost alive," yet seem to vanish under certain circumstances, she says. "Parents should be staying close." (1)

Is a child too young to join myspace?


Elementary Classrooms are now beginning to Blog for their students.
(View Slides towards the end for elementary school web 2.0)
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Facebook, a popular social networking website for high school and college students has not yet branched out to the elementary school branch. If you notice in the picture below its the networking section of Facebook where students and can join networks from their school or college. It is a smart idea that elementary school has not been part of this, it is far too young of an age to begin branching out socially through facebook.

Being that the internet is becoming more and more accessible and everything is turning into a virtual world over the internet elementary classrooms will become far more connected and Dependant on the virtual world.

What needs to happen in education:

"While the trend offers valuable educational and play opportunities, it raises questions about the impact of virtual activities on children's development. It also calls for increased monitoring by parents and the setting of careful rules." (1)
Today many schools have banned social networking websites such as Myspace and Facebook due to the fact that it is disrupting classroom learning. Other than the obvious impact, too much internet use for young children can cause learning disabilities in the future. Internet use has evolved to a huge extent today and children as young as elementary school children are becoming more and more media literate to the internet.

New inovations such as Web Wise Kids have developed for children ages 8 - 12. Web Wise Kids Form Strategic Safety Partnership 's (4) "a nationally recognized organization dedicated to empowering today’s youth to make wise choices online. Using innovative computer games based on real-life criminal cases, Web Wise Kids (WWK) has succeeded in teaching over 2 million young people to be their own first line of defense from online dangers." (4) This is becoming more and more popular as children and their teachers help them practice safe social networking for their age.
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Middle and High School Education (Grades 6-12)

Social Networking
Created by Salma (ISD)


Current Impact-

There are a few social networking sites which are educational such as where we blog our academic work and share them other blog-users around the world. It is called blogging but it can fall under the category of 'social networking'.Social netowrking in middle and high school can become a detriment to education because students usuallly go through the transtition from becoming a kid to a teenager. In a teenagers life, attention and popularity is the most important for which most of them tend to misuse social networking sites and use them for socializing and meeting new people instead of using it for educational purposes. It tends to become a distraction to these kids, they tend to pay more attention to these sites instead of the teachers.

Many students have been looking for love, but in all of the wrong places? Many students are fed up with the traditional bar scene; therefore, many are looking for alternatives when it comes to meeting and possibly falling in love with someone thus they distact themselves from studies by using these social networking sites.
op43d.jpgular social networking sites, including MySpace and Facebook, are changing the human fabric of the Internet and have the potential to pay off big for investors, but -- given their youthful user base -- they are unusually vulnerable to the next 'new new' thing. As quickly as users flock to one trendy Internet site, they can just as quickly move on to another, with no advance warning, according to Wharton faculty and Internet analysts.
MySpace, with 70 million visitors, has become the digital equivalent of hanging out at the mall for today's teens, who load the site with photos, news about music groups and detailed profiles of their likes and dislikes. Other social network sites include Facebook, geared to college students, LinkedIn, aimed at professionals, and Xanga, a blog-based community site. In all, an estimated 300 sites, including smaller ones such as StudyBreakers for high schoolers and Photobucket, a site for posting images, make up the social network universe.


A step is taken by OnGuard Online (your safety net)-

Help Your Kids Socialize Safely Online

OnGuard Online urges parents to talk to their tweens and teens about social networking sites, and offers these tips for using these sites safely:ww.jpg
  • In some circumstances, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and Rule require social networking sites to get parental consent before they collect, maintain, or use personal information from children under age 13.
  • Keep the computer in an open area, like the kitchen or family room, so you can keep an eye on where your kids are online and what they're doing.
  • Use the Internet with your kids. Be open to learning about the technology so you can keep up with them.
  • Talk to your kids about their online habits. If they use social networking sites, tell them why it's important to keep information like their name, Social Security number, address, phone number, and family financial information — like bank or credit card account numbers — to themselves. Remind them that they should not share that information about other people in the family or about their friends, either.
    Your children should be cautious about sharing other information too, like the name of their school, sports teams, clubs, where they work or hang out, or any other information that could be used to identify them or locate them offline.
  • Make sure your kids' screen names don't say too much about them. Explain why it's inappropriate — even dangerous — to use their full name, age, or hometown. Even if your kids think their screen name makes them anonymous, it doesn't take a genius to combine clues to figure out who your kids are and where they can be found.
  • Use privacy settings to restrict who can access and post on your child's website. You may approve of their friends from school, clubs, teams, community groups, or your family being able to view your kids' website, but not strangers from a neighboring town or school.
  • Your kids should post only information that you — and they — are comfortable with others seeing — and knowing. Many people can see their page, including their teachers, the police, a college admissions officer, or a potential employer.
  • Remind your kids that once they post information online, they can't take it back. Even if they delete the information from a site, older versions exist on other people's computers.
  • Warn your kids about the dangers of flirting with strangers online. Because some people lie online about who they really are, no one ever really knows who they're dealing with.
  • Tell your children to trust their gut if they have suspicions. If they feel threatened by someone or uncomfortable because of something online, they need to tell you and then report it to the police and the social networking site. You could end up preventing someone else from becoming a victim.
  • If you're concerned that your child is engaging in risky online behavior, you can search the blog sites they visit to see what information they're posting. Try searching by their name, nickname, school, hobbies, grade, or area where you live.
  • Check site privacy policies. Some sites may share information like your child's email address with other companies, which could generate spam and even spyware on the family computer. Sites' privacy policies or other posted links for parents also may contain contact information for you to ask about your child's personal information.

Along with the disadvanatages of social networking, we also have a few advantages one of which is keeping in contact with old friends through social networking sites such as facebook. We can even search for old friends we have lost in contact with ages ago through facebook. When i was first introduced to facebook i found it kind of boring, interacting with students i see everday at school so i thoght about looking for my old friends and has helped me search for my old friends back in Hong Kong.

Personally speaking, using sites such as hi5 and myspace just to talk to people we meet everyday at school, is pointless and gets tedious over a short period of time thus teenagers tend to meet people they dont know and soon become friends. Some take the better and safer step and that is instead of adding up strangers, they could search for their old friends.

College Education

Current Impact

Social Networking in College Education has been around for a while - the now rather common social networking website Facebook was once intended for university/college students only. While the surfacing benefit of such websites is undoubtedly the expansion of your social life, a lot of universities offer small forums on their websites in which students log onto with their university email address (complete with a student profile of themselves) and contribute to study groups, discussions, and boards which are labelled by topic, resulting in an educational benefit for students.

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The Future of Facebook, Facebook originally being only for college students has evolved into the middle school and high school network. It is still more populary used for College networks for undergrads and alumni to keep in touch with their friends. Networks have been designed for each college and by using your college email you can join these networks. The Future of these networks are going to become more and more evolved over time. The college itself, is highly aware of Facebook as a main source of social networking and a mean for students to interact with eachother.


What needs to happen in education:

More schools should involve themselves in social networking and collaborate with other universities/colleges to build a large network through which students can study, research, as well as socialize with each other.

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