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ERIC Number: EJ996141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Social Networks and Workplace Risk: Classroom Scenarios from a U.S. and EU Perspective
Binder, Perry; Mansfield, Nancy R.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v30 n1 p1-44 Mar 2013
The explosion of social networks and the growing concern over privacy in the digital age--both in the United States and Europe--have provided an opportunity to introduce students to the legal risks of using social media in the workplace. This article builds on the authors' classroom experiences and provides social media scenarios and projects that allow students to analyze and critically compare the workplace boundaries of social network use. Part I includes a description of an out-of-class assignment that assesses what types of social media comments students deem inappropriate in the workplace, completed by students before the professor actually discusses applicable legal principles. Then, Part II provides classroom scenarios that reinforce what students learn about the evolving law of social networks and privacy in the U.S. and the EU workplace. Part III looks at other legal considerations of social media use including sexual harassment and anonymous speech, and offers additional classroom scenarios. Part IV outlines a class project in which students collaborate in groups to develop social media policies for the U.S. workplace and compares and contrasts the impact of similar policies on EU employees. This project gives students an opportunity to synthesize their knowledge of social networks and workplace privacy and to incorporate their understanding of the legal risks posed by social media. For all the scenarios and projects, the authors also provide the reader with a set of resources to facilitate replication of the projects. The resources include a summary of The Facebook Project: Dealing with Employee Gripe Sites, each of the Classroom Discussion Scenarios, detailed instructions for the Social Media Policy project, and a rubric for grading the Social Media Policy project. (Contains 167 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: European Union; United States