Creative Ways Teens Maintain Social Privacy with Social Media

I wrote an article for the Connected Learning Research Network’s blog. I’ve included an excerpt below. You can read the full article here. …I have found that social norms and a feeling of constant surveillance leave many teens feeling vulnerable with regard to social media use. Not only are teens concerned about adult and peer surveillance,…

Facebook, not just a "character reference"

Would you give your (potential) employer your Facebook password? Unfortunately this is not a hypothetical question for many people. Some companies are asking interviewees to log-in to their Facebook accounts during interviews and/or share their Facebook passwords with (potential) employers. While I understand employers’ desire to conduct background checks and obtain character references (for security-sensitive or…

Missouri’s new "Facebook Law" – protecting kids by policing teachers?

Image credit In case you haven’t heard, Missouri passed a new law this week officially called the “Amy Hestir Student Protection Act”, but it has been dubbed the “Facebook Law” because of section 162.069 which states: “every school district must develop a written policy concerning teacher-student communication and employee-student communications. Each policy must include appropriate…

"Little Johnny likes Batman" – The Ethics of Facebook Advertising and Children

There have been several news articles in the past few weeks addressing issues of privacy and kids. From the Consumer Report’s findings that there are 7.5 million children under the age of 13 using Facebook, which is against Facebook’s own policy (read more), to California’s proposed Social Networking Privacy Act (SB 242), to the FTC’s investigation…

Reflections on Privacy in the Digital Age, Part 1

  Onion News Network: Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy by Moving to Remote Village It’s privacy week in the course I teach. This is one of my favorite weeks every semester because privacy is such an ongoing and multifaceted area of our (digital) lives. New technologies have always brought about concerns of…