E-Safety Webinar 3 – Using Facebook Safely #rscyhSafe

On 22 February 2012 I attended a webinar about Facebook, organised by Kevin Campbell-Wright from JISC’s Regional Support centre YH. The main focus was on addressing safety issues and how Facebook can be used in education. The speaker was Luc Delany, Facebook’s European Policy Manager.
It was a useful session and I have gone back and looked at the help centre and my settings more closely.

My notes:

  • Facebook’s mission: “give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected”
  • ensure a safe experience
  • 2 billions “likes” a day, a quarter of a billion photos uploaded a day
  • Facebook is based ona  “real name ” culture – your profile will be shut down if you don’t use your real name or have a second profile under a fake name -> better experience for people
  • Facebook makes the world more personal, e.g. film tips from friends rather tha ratings sites
  • always looking to improve Facebook
  • has offices in California (Palo Alto), Texas (Austin), India (Hyberabad) and Ireland (Dublin): 70 representatives from 25+ countries, 23 supported languages
  • “build and protect the world’s trust in Facebook”
  • privacy features and blocking features to empower people to protect themselves (and their data) -> “growing up” -> Facebook doesn’t have the best track record with their settings in the past but is getting better and works hard at it!
  • users review content and can report things: Facebook does not police
  • to get in touch: Help Centre
  • report issues: http://www.facebook.com/report/ -> you can choose a category of report
  • there are special (case) reporting systems for suicide prevention, underage users, terrorist content
  • Suicide report contacts the Samaritans (in the UK) who get in touch with the reported user
  • social reporting is another option: not a report to Facebook but here you ask advice from someone you trust (a friend)
  • users must be over 13 years old to join Facebook -> teenagers can’t be found in the public search (never beyond “Friends of Friends”, whatever their settings) -> this is to ensure they don’t overshare
  • http://facebookforeducators.org/
  • http://bit.ly/facebook4teachers
  • freedom vs. censorship
  • harm vs. offense
  • make sure you know Facebook’s safety and privacy settings, also their guidelines (community standards)
  • negative pages are not removed if there isn’t anything illegal on them, e.g. about a college
  • “creatinga  culture of respect”
  • addition of sacial reporting and new safety centre
  • Security: use a Facebook group to communicate with students (can be a private group); use a page to communicate with the world (always public)
  • you can use Facebook as a repository and study guide, e.g. share presentations
  • look at your login settings to prevent hackers
  • http://facebook.com/fbsafety
  • http://facebook.com/education
  • discussion about data protection -> Facebook has servers in EU -> date controller: Facebook Inc.
  • idea: “sandbox” account to show learners how to use Facebook -> at the moment you would not be allowed to set up a second profile just to show people how to use Facebook
  • a profile can be converted into a page
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About Carolin

Gas station attendant of the mind (librarian), learner, reader, googler, traveller, library camper. My personal views.
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2 Responses to E-Safety Webinar 3 – Using Facebook Safely #rscyhSafe

  1. radoveden says:

    Nice note, I made a reference to it in my blog

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