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Youth Safety on the Social Web Larry Magid & Anne Collier Co-directors Revised 1/09 © 2009

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  • 1.Youth Safety on the Social Web Larry Magid & Anne Collier Co-directors Revised 1/09 2009

2. Whatisthe social Web?

      • -- Also known as Web 2.0--
      • User-produced, youth-driven
      • Multiple devices
      • Multimedia
      • Uploadable, downloadable
      • Difficult to control

3. Web 1.0 4. On Web 2.0...-- Michael Kinsley,, 11/27/06 ... everybodyknows youre a dog. 5. Social networking is whatever

      • anyone wants it to be!
      • Entertainment + socializing + homework help + media-sharing + creative outlet + friends latest news
      • A place to learn digital-media skills
      • A hangout on Web, phones, gaming


  • Todays phones are full-blown mobile computers with...
  • Mobile social networking
  • Social mapping
  • Photo- & video-sharing
  • Web browsing
  • 24/7 texting
  • Even less adult supervision

Cellphones too 7. Majority of teens in social sites

  • 65% of teens use social networks and create profiles(Pew/2009)
  • 70% of 15-to-17-year-old girls
  • 48% of teens visit sites daily or more often;26% visit once a day
      • 22% visit several times a day

Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey 8. Not justMySpace & Facebook YouTube, MyYearbook, Bebo, Hi5& manynichesocial network sites Ning:Allows users to create their own social networks, or mini-MySpaces. Allows porn (with splash page).Twitter & Plurk:Micro-blogging - 140 characters or less. Kind of like blended chat & IM. Twitter mostly adults, Plurk a little younger. Second Life & other virtual worlds : Users create avatars that interact in a virtual world. Hulu:Fast-growing video-sharing site (153 million video streams, 9/08); popular for viewing whole shows online And some are a bit more questionable . JuicyCampusGossip site, total anonymity, no rules. Stickam : Social video-streaming site with live webcam chat. 9. What are theydoing in there?

  • Good or normal
  • Social producing
  • Learning social rules
  • Decorating profiles (self-expression)
  • Exploring identity
  • Writing blogs
  • Writing software code
  • Risk assessment
  • Discovering music
  • Producing & editing videos
  • Discussing interests
  • Social/political activism
  • Keeping in touch with friends long-term

10. Whatelseare they doingin there?

  • Neutral or negative
  • Seeking validation
  • Competing in a popularity contest
  • Venting
  • Showing off
  • Embarrassing themselves
  • Pulling pranks
  • Getting even
  • Harassing

11. The Neteffect

  • Persistence & searchability:Net as permanent searchable archive
  • Replicability : ability to copy and paste from anywhere, to anywhere
  • Scalability:high potential visibility
  • Invisible audiences:you never know whos watching
  • Collapsed contexts:different audiences hear & see different things
  • Blurring of public and private:boundaries not clear

Source: danah boyd:Taken out of Context, 2008 12. Mostly for real-life friends

  • 72% use sites to socialize with their real-life friends.
  • Only a modest number (17%) of social-networking teens say they use the sites to flirt.

Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey January 2007 13. Teensdohave a clue when it comes to safety & privacy

  • 66% of teens who have created a profile say that their profile is not visible by all Internet users. They limit access to their profiles.
  • 21% say their profile is not currently visible.
  • Just 1% of social-network users say they do not know who can see their profile.

Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey January 2007 14. Are they careful about photos?

  • Yes and no (more on Web than on phones)
  • Cellphones : Reports ofsexting (nude photo-sharing) are growing
  • Web : 39% say they restrict access to their photos most of the time.
  • 38% report restricting access only sometimes.
  • 21% of teens who post photos say they never restrict access to the images they upload. (Onlineadultsare more lax in restricting access.)

Source: Pew Internet & American Life survey January 2007 15. Teens are alive today, thanks to social-networking sites Plan To 'Shoot Up' School Foiled Jan 12, 2009: Deputies in Transylvania County said they got a call from a sheriff's office in New York. A teenager there apparently came forward and said she met a 15-year-old on MySpace who said he had a dangerous plan. 16. Question : What proportion of teens have been approached online by a predator?

  • 1 in 20
  • 1 in 10
  • 1 in 7
  • 1 in 5
  • Almost half

17. Its a trick question 18. What the surveys really said

  • The survey asked Did you receive an unwanted sexual solicitation in the past year
  • The response went from 1 in 5 in 2000 to 1 in 7 in 2005.An improvement
  • 43% of all solicitations and 44% of aggressive solicitations came from youth
  • 39% of solicitors were adult but all but 9% of those were between 18 and 25
  • Two-thirds or more of the youth described solicitations as not particularly distressing
  • The number of children actually molested went from none in 2000 to 2 (out of 1500) in 2005.It can happen, but its statistically very rare.

Online Victimization of Youth: Five Years Later Crimes Against Children Research Center, 2006 19. Question Do you agree that the growth in young peoples use of the Internet correlates with a rise in sexual abuse against children? 20. SA Sub 1990-2005* Rate per 10,000 Children (