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   Ben Stenson, Dannie Moore,
    Kevin Vicker, Sara Schaller

    Eastern Illinois University
Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris
Hughes founded Facebook while attending
Harvard. The website was successful within the
Harvard community and quickly spread to other
Ivy League institutions. Zuckerberg and
Moskovitz left college to manage Facebook as a
full time job. As of November 2004, Facebook
has reached over one million users.
 Why was Facebook founded?
• Social networking service for high school,
  college, and university communities,
  primarily in English-speaking countries
• To create personal profiles, typically
  containing photos and lists of interests,
  exchange private or public messages, and
  join groups of friends.
Who is eligible to be on Facebook?
• You must be thirteen years of age or older to register as
  a member of Facebook or use the Web site. If you are
  under the age of 13, you are not allowed to register and
  become a member of Facebook or access Facebook
  content, features and services on the Web Site.
  Membership in the Service is void where prohibited. By
  using the Web site, you represent and warrant that you
  agree to and to abide by all of the terms and conditions
  of this Agreement.
• To become a college member of Facebook you must
  have a .edu college/university email address. Most
  colleges issue these to students.
  What can you do in Facebook?
• Users can then search for other users and request an
  acknowledgment that they are "friends." By clicking on profile
  entries, such as favorite music, current residence or high school, a
  user can browse through relevant listings, or may choose to use the
  site's search feature.
• The profiles of users from each institution included in the network
  are stored on a unique sub domain, which limits profile viewing.
• A user may only view the profiles of users at his or her institution,
  although mutual friends from different schools may access each
  other's profiles.
• Facebook also allows users to send private messages and “pokes”
  to other users. The "poke" feature simply sends the text, "You have
  been poked," and provides an option to poke back.
• A new feature allows users to browse through their friends through a
  map that represents the user’s friends’ current locations or
       Advantages to Facebook
• Maintain contact with friends
• Develop a network with individuals in your
• Reunite with old classmates from high school
• Meet people with similar interests at your
• Law enforcement tool for information on
underage parties and other criminal activities
(Associated Press, 2006)
• Student groups and organizations can network
       Problems with Facebook
• Sharing inappropriate pictures which may ruin
  reputation for future jobs and personal relationships.
• Access to information such as phone number, address,
  and class schedule, etc may lead to stalking, sexual
  harassment and abuse (Bugeja, 2006)
• Student Affairs professionals such as career counselors
  and academic advisors must deal with parents and
  employers who view students behavior on Facebook
  (Bugeja, 2006)
• Authorities such as police and college administrators
  use Facebook to find illegal behavior
• Tasteless information and pictures are posted for others
  to see
    Facebook Today
 2005 Facebook expanded to 835
  colleges throughout the country
 extending its reach to community
      colleges and educational
institutions in other countries. You
   can now find Facebook at all
  colleges in the nation reaching
       over 2,200 institutions.
           Facebook Safety Tips
• Set the "friend" option so that only people you have confirmed as
  friends can view your profile.

• Do not include an address, room number or phone number on your
  profiles. Announcing a party on Facebook is analogous to
  distributing fliers about a keg party at the Student Union.

• Make sure that no wall messages include personal information.

• If you post your class schedule or vacation plans you are letting
  people know when you aren’t going to be home and where to find

• Know that any photographs you post won’t necessarily be used the
  way you intended to be. They will be used however those who view
  it see fit.

• Use Password-protection whenever possible.
           The Survey
 We wanted to ask the students what they
thought about Facebook, since they are the
   individuals Facebook was created for.

  Eighteen randomly selected students (8
 female and 10 male) responded to these
             The questions
•   Why do you use Facebook?
•   What are the benefits of Facebook?
•   Do you have any personal or safety
    concerns regarding Facebook?
•   What kind of information (be specific) do
    you have posted on Facebook?
•   Have you ever had a negative
    experience from Facebook?
                   The Results
• In regards to why students use Facebook, students
  stated that they wanted to stay in touch with friends, get
  to know other people at the university, to check and see
  what other students are doing, and the newest feature of
  finding friends from high school.

• When discussing the benefits of Facebook, students
  commented on the ability to talk to friends they haven’t
  talk to in a long time, get to know people by reading their
  profile, see who people are friends with, leave messages
  for others in case you can’t reach them by phone, look at
  what other people have wrote on the “wall”
            Results Continued
    In regards to personal or safety concerns on
    Facebook, the students suggested the following:
•   using the safety/privacy features
•   not putting up personal information such as
    phone number and room number
•   people you don’t want to have your information
    can easily access it
•   one talked specifically about a TV new piece she
    saw regarding Facebook and pedophilias using it
           Results continued
• When asked about personal information, all the
  students we survey had pictures as well as
  building information, several had phone
  numbers or email addresses, others also
  described interests and hobbies.
• Out of the 18 students we question, none
  reported a negative experiences. Several
  commented on pictures being added when they
  didn’t know about them or friends talking about
  them through Facebook.
        Limitations to Survey
• Small sample size

• Only students from Diversity College
  were surveyed
      Reasons for the tutorial
• Facebook is the most popular website for
  18-24 year olds (Green, 2005)
• From the survey results, students are not
  realizing the dangerous aspects of
• Students may be able to better utilize
  Facebook for personnel and academic
      Tutorial Administration
1. Freshman and Transfer Seminar Class
   (mandatory for all freshman and transfer
   students at DU) – Tutorial will be
   administered as part of one class during
   the first six weeks of class
2. Other students will take the on-line
           In-class Tutorial
1. Pretest given to all students with the
   following content

This picture is a picture recently posted on
1.   Could this picture with you in the background be tagged on Facebook
     without your permission?
     A.. Yes B. No
2.   If your name is tagged, who can view this picture if logged into
     A. Administrators B. Your instructors
     C. Your employer on campus D. Campus Police
     E. All of the above
3.   You are shown in the picture underage drinking at a bar or party.
     What ramifications could there be?
      A. None B. Police bust the party or bar C. Violation of student
     conduct code D. B and C
4.   How many different profiles could this picture be on?
     A. Just yours B. The tagger and taggee C. Everyone tagged on the
     picture D. All of the above
5.   Can you untag your own picture?
     A. Yes B. No
                           Questions (Cont)
6.    What types of problems have occurred due to personal information posted
      on Facebook?
      A. Stalking B. Pranks C. Rape D. None of the above E. All of the
7.    What information do the police look for on Facebook?
      A. Party invitations confirmed B. Underage drinking pictures C.
      Sexual harassment D. Your grades D. All of the above E. A, B and C
8.    Besides personal information and pictures, what are other potential
      Facebook dangers?
      A. Inappropriate groups B. Wall posting comments C. Friends
      details D. All of the above
9.    What are the potential benefits of Facebook?
      A. Sharing educational information B. Reuniting with old friends
      C. Viewing information on student organization groups D. Meeting
      people with similar interests E. All of the above
10.   Is it truly safe to have a profile on Facebook?
      A. Yes B. No C. Maybe

Answers: 1. A 2. E 3. D    4. D 5. A   6. E 7. E   8 . D 9. E 10. C
   How students will take this tutorial
     in the New Student Seminar
1. Students will take the quiz at the beginning of
2. The teacher will explain that students will take
   another quiz at the end of the 50 minute class
   on which they must receive a B.
3. Teachers will watch a PowerPoint
   presentation containing the information
   presented in slides 1-5 in this PowerPoint.
    How students will take this tutorial
   in the New Student Seminar (cont)
4. Following the ten minute PowerPoint presentation,
   students will get in groups of 5 for ten minutes to
   discuss dangers to Facebook, advantages to
   Facebook ways to use Facebook wisely.
5. One group member will record main group
   discussion points and another member will act as
   spokesman after 10 minutes
6. During the last ten minutes student will retake the
   quiz with the questions in a different order
7. Students must receive 80% or better on the final
8. Students who receive lower that 80% will take the
   tutorial on-line
 How students will take this tutorial
          online (cont)
• Diversity University students who are not
  new students will take a online tutorial
  which consists of a pretest quiz with
  answers given after each question is
• Students will re-take the quiz with
  randomly ordered questions until they
  receive 80% correct.
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  Education, 52 (21), p. 1-3

Green, E. W. (2005) The web of social networking. U.S. News & World
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Laubenstein, C. (2006). Syracuse University students shun conformity
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