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ERIC Number: EJ918580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
To Block or Not to Block? The Complicated Territory of Social Networking
McVey, Michael
School Business Affairs, v75 n1 p27-28 Jan 2009
Online social networking is more than just a passing fad; it's a phenomenon that unifies people of all ages across the Internet and around the world. The most popular social networking sites are Facebook and MySpace--both founded in the United States. However, the United States does not have a corner on the market. Hi-5 is rooted in Asia, Skyrock in France, and LinkedIn in the United Kingdom. Such applications may be valuable to educators attempting to network and reach out to a larger community, but they should be aware that they can and should adjust their privacy settings so details of their profiles are available only to those whom they invite. With hundreds of millions of users of social networking sites, there is a new and overwhelming pressure to begin unblocking server ports. There are valid networking sites with a role to play during school hours. White-label Websites have been particularly helpful for schools wishing to enhance communication with parents or the broader community. It would be more valuable and set a better precedent for emerging tools and applications if districts took a proactive stance and educated students and employees on the power of this social networking reality.
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Language: English
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