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Chapter II. Social Networking and School... > THE RESPONSE OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

THE RESPONSE OF THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

Much of the response from the educational system to social networking has related to the real or perceived risks. These risks may relate to current dangers from online predators or be related to concerns for the future of young people who are inadvertently creating a permanent record of youthful indiscretions (Rosenblum 2007), much as the student quoted by Boyd did when his MySpace page came close to causing his rejection by a prestigious school.

Rosenblum titles his article What anyone can know and this is in many ways a summary of the concerns of authority figures and institutions. He indicates in some detail the risks associated with posting personal data online in this way, although he recognises that a more guarded approach to sharing information will inevitably result in "some chilling effect on the fluid, no-holds-barred ethos of these sites" (Rosenblum, 2007: 40). In addition to his recognition of the ways in which Internet-based information is both persistent and accessible, Rosenblum also notes the increasing trend for "prospective employers, government agencies or businesses collecting market data" (Rosenblum, 2007: 41) to have the right to view and make use of this information.


  

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