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ERIC Number: EJ1030198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0892-3647
The Internet Is Forever: Student Indiscretions Reveal the Need for Effective Social Media Policies in Academia
Woodley, Carolyn; Silvestri, Michel
American Journal of Distance Education, v28 n2 p126-138 2014
Students' imprudent use of social media might threaten their employability and undermine their emerging professional identities. Most professions acknowledge that any benefits of social media must be balanced against its potential to negatively affect workers' professional lives and the public trust. Professional bodies have developed social media guidelines as a part of more general professional codes of conduct to try to mitigate the legal, ethical, and social risks that imprudent social media use can pose to patients, clients, colleagues, and social media users themselves. This discussion considers examples of students' social media use from health care and other tertiary programs in Australia and Sweden and concludes that universities must confront social media challenges as part of students' educational experience for the development of a responsible and professional digital citizenry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Sweden