Social Software & Social Networking
A growing number of youngsters are using social software to socialise, share information about themselves, what they like, dislike, their favourite music groups, photos or internet site or engage into various activities (chat, games, etc.).
What do they do on social networking sites?
A social networking site is an online place where a user can create a profile and build a personal network that connects him or her to other users. In the past five years, such sites have rocketed from a niche activity into a phenomenon that engages tens of millions of internet users. More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The survey also finds that older teens, particularly girls, are more likely to use these sites. For girls, social networking sites are primarily places to reinforce pre-existing friendships; for boys, the networks also provide opportunities for flirting and making new friends (see Pew Internet Report Jan 2007)
Especially with young learners with a weak media competence the role of privacy protection is important.
Digital technology in the construction of one's identity
With the increased level of online activities and the trails left on the Internet during these activities (blogs, web pages, comments, transactions, chats, etc.) we see emerging the notion of "digital identity." Understanding the role played by technologies in the construction of one's identity, being able to control and develop one's digital identity will be critical for insuring privacy and fully exploiting one's potential to find a job, for career development, build partnerships, participate in online communities, etc.
Examples of good practice in the use of digital technology in the construction of one's indentity could the form of:
MOSEP Project - http://wiki.mosep.org/Mosep/
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