Facebook may have been built for students, but it's become an important part of everyday life for people at any age. It keeps us connected to friends and family, but it also impacts students in interesting ways. Check out these facts from a recent study performed by Education Database Online to see how students are using the social network, and how it's affecting their grades, emotions, and daily lives.
The question of how to appropriately use social media in the classroom may still be up in the air for lawmakers in the US, but Ontario's school districts are forging ahead by forbidding its teachers from friending students online. A new bill that was passed recently by the Ontario College of Teachers says that there should be no friending going on between students and teachers. This means teachers cannot accept friend requests from students or initiate friending on social networks.
Not only that, but also the bill states that teachers are always "on duty" and are subject to code of conduct rules, which means any nasty or derogatory comments made by a teacher on social media platforms can be used in a criminal prosecution — even if it was intended for a private audience of online friends.
While I agree that a teacher should keep his personal and professional life as an instructor separate (there really should be no reason to friend or follow an underage student), it seems contradictory that a teacher can't have a private life, whether online or in the real world. What do you think about this new bill?
Previously, you could check in when watching your favorite shows, playing games, or reading a book, but now GetGlue goes even further by allowing you to connect your Foursquare account so you can broadcast what you're watching and where — Rango at your local cineplex, for example — so you only need to check in once.
Additionally, sports fans will be excited to know that GetGlue has incorporated sports into the app, so you can check in to sporting events or your favorite teams. Touchdown!
Photos have been going social since the early days of Friendster (remember Friendster?), and now a new mobile app is taking social photography to another new high. Color, available for iPhone and Android, allows users to create group photo albums, open to everyone to share. Users can take and share photos simultaneously to create a well-rounded view of any event or experience. Built-in text messaging capability keeps users connected.
There's no friending or following necessary like there is for other photo-sharing apps; connections are determined based on who you're with at the moment. Photos are shared with everyone in your vicinity, some even compare it to Twitter for photographs. Or, if you're in a crowded space, the app will create a subgroup containing you and the people you're with.
The iOS app runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (using iOS 4.0 and above).
Everyone wants to be on Facebook, especially Generation Z. In fact, the site bans 20,000 children a day for trying to set up an account and being under 13.
But it only catches the kids who tell the truth (yes, some obviously do!), and in reality, many parents don't mind letting their children lie about their age in order to set up a Facebook page. After all, it's an easy way for parents to have a window into their child's social world and otherwise keep tabs on the increasingly complex lives of the preteen set.
In a time where most children have a parent-sanctioned online persona by age 2, is it odd that Facebook sets an age limit? While I can see why moms and dads see no harm in letting their kids set up an account — you can easily change settings so that only friends have access to personal information as well as set if a child's picture can be tagged — worries over Facebook's ever-changing privacy policies and the amount of personal information children can potentially include in their profiles would make me think twice if I were a parent of a preteen.
Do you think there should be a ban on "underage" Facebooking?
Remember 2009's Obsessed? It tells the tale of a man whose life is torn apart by a temp worker who falls in love with him and will stop at nothing to win him over. The plot is (hopefully) exaggerated for thrill effect, but the mentally deranged woman showcases some serious Internet sleuthing and stalking. It's certainly not a common tale, but serves as an unlikely reminder that some things are best kept private.
While most social networks offer enhanced privacy settings, which will allow you to keep your profiles private, there are a handful of things you can do to make your accounts less accessible and susceptible to searches made by your new guy's ex or an old friend you don't want to have to ignore online.
It comes as no surprise to me that residents living in Hawaii are said to be the happiest in the country, but what about the most gadget-obsessed, tech-savvy, and virus-prone? Find out which states take these titles (among others) in this informative slideshow about the state of tech in the US.
Recent research from Men's Health details the most and least socially connected cities in the US. The results were determined analyzing the number of residents signed up for LinkedIn and Facebook per capita. Can you guess which city took top honors?Take the Quiz
Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, repeat! Our online social lives are so full and busy, it's sometimes difficult to keep track of everything that's going on. A new service is aiming to streamline the process, combining social activity into one easy-to-navigate time line. Memolane is a start-up based in Denmark and San Francisco, which displays your online activity as a series of individual memos, arranged by time in scrapbook-like fashion.
Interested? Find out more after the break.