Navigating in Their
Space: Get Connected
and Improve Your
Effectiveness with Teens
a presentation on Online Social Networking
Nadine Fogt, Brian Raison, Andrea Davis, and Mark Light
Ohio State University Extension
4-H Profile – Brian Raison
4-H Profiles – Mark Light
4-H Profile – Nadine Fogt
4-H Profile – Andrea Davis
Navigating in Their Space: Get Connected and Improve Your
Effectiveness with Teens
Current collegians can immediately identify the newest trends in online
profile and posting activity.
This project will survey up to 500 current college students, identify key
themes, and disseminate the insight to youth development professionals
and high school students.
A new curriculum, “Navigating in Their Space” will result.
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1. Do you have a profile on: (check all that apply)
Facebook 173 90%
Myspace 105 55%
Xanga 35 18%
Other, please specify 19 10%
2. If yes, how often do you access your profile?
more than once/day 99 52%
daily 50 26%
2-5 times/week 33 17%
1/week 3 2%
every couple of weeks 6 3%
Total 191 100%
3. Is your site private (accessed only by those
Yes 130 68%
No 54 28%
Not Sure 8 4%
Total 192 100%
4. Do you add friends that you have never met before
(allowing them access)?
Yes 47 24%
No 145 76%
Total 192 100%
5. Have you posted anything you wouldn’t want
your parent, professor, or a future employer to
Yes 28 15%
No 119 62%
Well, kinda... 45 23%
6. Have any of your friends posted something on
YOUR site that you wouldn’t want your parent,
professor, or future employer to see?
Yes 82 44%
No 62 33%
Well, kinda... 44 23%
7. What’s the hottest trend right now? That is,
what are people posting or talking about?
(check all that apply)
friends 151 80%
clubs / organized events 88 47%
road trips 48 25%
parties 117 62%
drinking 67 35%
drug use 5 3%
sexually explicit material 15 8%
music sharing 43 23%
video sharing 35 19%
Other, please specify 26 14%
10. Check the number indicating how much you knew of the following:
Top number = count of respondents I did not 2 3 4 I already
Bottom = percent of the total respondents know knew
11 25 22 41 91
My online posts can last forever.
6% 13% 12% 22% 48%
There are some safety issues with online 3 4 11 37 135
posting. 2% 2% 6% 19% 71%
Some employers check online profiles prior 4 5 11 23 147
to hiring. 2% 3% 6% 12% 77%
Some universities check online profiles prior 36 22 22 37 72
to admitting. 19% 12% 12% 20% 38%
Some colleges monitor underage drinking 22 15 30 35 88
via these sites. 12% 8% 16% 18% 46%
Some Law Enforcement and courts have 18 27 26 25 93
used these sites as evidence. 10% 14% 14% 13% 49%
An offhand comment posted as a joke could 5 5 22 52 105
be perceived as a real threat. 3% 3% 12% 28% 56%
12 11 23 36 108
I can be liable for posting certain things.
6% 6% 12% 19% 57%
11. Is it ethical for employers or universities to
check your online profile?
Yes 116 62%
No 70 38%
12. Should people be accountable for what they
Yes 172 93%
No 12 7%
Question 13: What do teachers or adults who work with
teens need to know about online profiles and activities?
E = exaggerated notion 35%
L = limited understanding only is possible
P = personal information / security risk / 32%
W = warning (signs to watch)
S = sexually explicit; provocative 5%
U = opportunity for understanding / can get to 20%
O = get out! 8%
“we exagerate! its not all true! blogging
sites like xanga and live journal an be a
way to vent and arent necessarily
100% accurate. They normally express
a lot of angry feelings and not a lot of
happy ones bc when we are happy we
tell our friends, we dont run to our
“Online profiles do not give a 'real
inciteful view' of what the
teen/student/employee is feeling or
is acting. There may be things on
the profile that the teacher or adult
didn't know, but usually these
profiles are used as a vent or simply
Get Out –
“It is not meant for their access, it is meant for
high school through college students, maybe
graduate students, and they need to keep their
noses out of that business.”
“not to infringe on personal privacy - it's like
tapping phone conversations or searching
through somebody's personal belongings.”
“Privacy should be respected but an
obvious cry for help should not be
“if a teen is acting in an unusual
behavior and you feel that insight
could be gained by viewing their
profile, do so.”
What they said…
Why do you use it
Keep in contact with people I don’t see
Keep up with the lives of my friends
Advice for a potential user
Go ahead and do it. If you don’t like it, you can
always delete it. But they’re a lot of fun!
Don’t feel obligated to accept friends requests
from people you don’t know
Be careful what you put on there. Avoid
addresses, phone numbers, etc.
Know that what you post can last forever, even if
you delete it.
Cyber stalking – so not cool
Don’t be stupid. Use common sense.
It’s ok to have adults ask kids to be their friends
Follow normal life rules. 45 year old men
shouldn’t ask 16 year olds out.
4-H in social networking
and groups to
promote 4-H and
Look at other groups/pages
“You have to keep it somewhat kid
oriented because even though we are
teenagers we like to have fun.”
Update, add pictures, start blogs, add
BRB F2F G2G IDK IRL JK LOL NIFOC
NP P911 PAW PIR POS TOS TTYL WTGP
be right back
face to face
got to go
I don’t know
In real life
laughing out loud
naked in front of computer
my parents are coming!
parents are watching
parent in room
parent over shoulder
teacher over shoulder
talk to you later
want to go private?
Tips When Working with Youth
Prepare youth for the online world just as you would for the real
Learn about Social Networks and how youth are communicating
Protect their privacy
How to Notice and Address a Problem
Questions to ask youth
Are you comfortable with the kinds of
things others might find online?
Is everything you’ve posted in line with
values and good representative of you?
Is there anything a supervisor, coach,
faculty member might find questionable?
How will you react if someone draws
something like this to your attention?
Please be my friend….
Posting Advise for Students
Be prudent about what you post.
Remember that faculty, coaches, staff,
and even future employers can examine
Facebook and MySpace profiles.
Take advantage of privacy settings that
permit only friends to take a peek.
Keep removing old content and pictures.
Remove old groups.
Think before you click.
“Visible only to friends”
Do not list cell phones
Do not list your address where you live
Consider leaving off your last name
Do not list sn or other information that link
you to websites or personal information
Use an icon versus a picture of yourself.
Is this your 4-H Youth?
How did it start?
“Facebook is an online directory that
connects people through social networks
How did MySpace Start?
MySpace is an online community that lets you meet
your friends' friends.
Create a “private” community on MySpace and you can
share photos, journals and interests with your growing
network of mutual friends!
Blah, Blah, Blah
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4-H Camp Palmer
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4-H Project pages
Is your friend George W.?
Will you be MY friend?
Great place to communicate with youth
Good way to network with colleagues
Share pictures/videos with friends
Keep in touch with people you meet in person
Friend’s information all in one place
Easy of keeping up with what your youth are
Open to over 154,000,000 people (MySpace)
Fake information or profiles – Principals, celebrities
Continuous changing user agreement
Can’t sue or force them to remove someone’s content
Anyone can copy information off your site
Spam Profiles and junky ads (MySpace)
I’ll be your Super friend
Online Social Networking can be a good
communication tool if used correctly
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