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					PROFESSIONAL
COMMUNICATIONS
EIU 1111: University Foundations
SPLIT UP INTO YOUR
CASE STUDY GROUPS
CLASS DISCUSSION
   Scenario 1: An admissions representative at a
    prestigious Boston law school has been given the
    task of reviewing applicants applying for
    admission into the program. As part of the
    review process, she “googles” applicants names
    and searches for them on social networking sites.
    Should this practice be allowed to determine
    admissions into an academic program? Why or
    why not? Provide several reasons to support your
    argument.
CLASS DISCUSSION
   Scenario 2: A person returns home from work
    and tweets “I f*ing hate Initech… man I can’t
    wait to quit this job.” The next day he is asked to
    meet with upper management and learns the
    company is terminating his employment based on
    the comments he made on his twitter account.
    Do you believe the company has the right to do
    this? Why or why not? Provide several reasons
    to support your argument.
CLASS DISCUSSION
   Scenario 3: A person posts on his myspace status
    account “I wish I had a gun so I could shoot the a-
    hole next door who thinks his dorm room is his
    own personal dance club…” A week goes by and
    he receives a letter from the judicial affairs office
    requiring him to attend a meeting. At this
    meeting he finds out that he is being suspended
    from campus for making threats against a fellow
    student. Do you agree with the university’s
    decision? Why or why not? Provide several
    reasons to support your argument.
CLASS DISCUSSION
   Scenario 4: A new teacher is working at a middle
    school in the Chicagoland area and from all accounts
    is doing a great job. After 6 months of employment
    she learns she is being let go for “setting a poor
    example” for her 8th grade students following the
    principle receiving numerous complaints from
    parents. She learns that a photo from her senior year
    of college has surfaced and is being circulated
    throughout the school showing her in a bikini doing a
    keg stand while on spring break. The photo was
    posted on one of her friend’s facebook page and a
    student managed to find it. Do you agree with the
    school’s decision to terminate her employment? Why
    or why not? Provide several reasons to support your
    argument.
CLASS DISCUSSION
   Scenario 5: A popular high school senior with a
    promising future is stripped of his full ride
    scholarship to a big ten university after a video is
    posted on YouTube. The video shows him and his
    friends at a bonfire. The people in the video are
    holding cups and beer bottles and are showing signs
    that they are intoxicated. The wrestler is also holding
    a cup. The university said he was in violation of
    federal drinking laws since he was under 21 though
    he swears he was drinking soda only. None of his
    friends could say either way if he was drinking or not.
    Do you agree with the university’s decision to strip
    his scholarship? Why or why not? Provide several
    reasons to support your argument.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SOCIAL
NETWORKING SITES?
 Connect with old and new friends
 Information about companies, organizations, etc.

 Be a part of a cause

 Familiarize yourself with technology

 Entertainment

 Express yourself creatively
WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVES OF ONLINE
SOCIAL NETWORKS?
 Privacy issues
 Identity theft/fraud

 Aids in procrastination

 No face to face contact

 Stalking possibilities

 Embarrassment

 Long-term consequences

 Employment issues

 Legal issues
GIVING UP ALL RIGHTS…
   You are solely responsible for the User Content that you Post on or
    through the Facebook Service. You hereby grant Facebook an
    irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid,
    worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy,
    publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit,
    scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create
    derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User
    Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or
    the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii)
    enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your
    website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose,
    including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in
    connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof. You
    represent and warrant that you have all rights and permissions to
    grant the foregoing licenses.
    You acknowledge and agree that any questions, comments,
    suggestions, ideas, feedback or other information that you provide to
    Facebook ("Submissions"), are non-confidential and non-proprietary.
    Facebook will be entitled to the unrestricted use of any such
    Submission for any purpose, commercial or otherwise, without
    acknowledgment or compensation to you.
FACEBOOK USERS TRUSTING?
   How trusting are facebook users?
     Study: create a fictitious account and randomly ask
      200 facebook users to be friend
     Freddi Staurer - small green plastic frog
     82 responses (accepted friend request)
         72% divulging one or more email address
         84% listing full birth date

         87% providing info about school/work

         78% listing address or location

         23% providing a phone number

       Friends’ names, interests, hobbies, parents’ names,
        relatives’ names


Messmer, E. (2007). Study: Facebook users easy targets for identity theft. Macworld.
  Retrieved from www.macworld.com on 10/03/09.
SO HOW CAN “FRIENDING” BE
DANGEROUS?

   Identity Theft
     Crooks take the info you have provided and can crack
      emails, online banking, open credit cards, open loans,
      purchase cell phones, look up street addresses, sell
      your information and much more
     Crooks become your “friend” then become “friends”
      with your friends… ripping them off too
   Stalking
     Get info and track you
     Reports of GPS tracking using your cell phone
     Privacy issues
WHAT INFO ARE YOU SHARING
   Pictures
       Legal consequences
   Employment issues
       “Background” checks
   Out there forever
       They don’t call it the “world” wide web for nothing!


   Embarrassment…
IS THIS HOW YOU WANT TO BE
REPRESENTED IN THE FUTURE?
GET YOU NOT HIRED OR FIRED?
 Virgin Atlantic fired 13 employees for posting
  negative comments about passengers on a flight
 Philadelphia Eagles gate manager fired after
  making heated comments on facebook page about
  a trade made
 16 year old girl was fired for posting on her
  status that her job is boring. Employer cited this
  as being disrespectful to the company.
 58.4% of companies surveyed in 2007 reported
  having a written policy banning employees from
  using social networking sites at work
 Try googling your name… see what comes up
TIPS TO ONLINE NETWORKING
 Set up privacy settings
 Do not divulge personal info

 Watch what you post

 Watch what others post about you! (photo
  tagging, wall, etc.)
 Make sure that friend request is really a friend

 Be careful not to post copy written materials

 Extras and apps can actually be stealing info
  from you
 Assume EVRYTHING you post is permanently
  there
6 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER REVEAL
ON FACEBOOK

 Your birth date and place
 Vacation Plan

 Home Address

 Confessionals

 Password Clue

 Risky Behavior
EMAIL ETIQUETTE
   When emailing professors or professionals,
    remember to:
       Greet appropriately
       Keep it brief and concise
       Check for spelling errors
       Include your full name, class, section, and time at the
        end
       Don’t use shorthand, cuz it’s hard for the prof to
        answer your ? if he duznt know what yer sayin
       Remember all CAPS means you’re YELLING!
        NEVER TYPE AN EMAIL IN ALL CAPS
       Always include a subject line “Question about
        Prochaska’s Theory”
QUESTIONS?

				
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