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Student Privacy: Social Networking and E-etiquette

Student Privacy: Social Networking and E-etiquette

Technological advances have changed the modes of communication locally and globally in revolutionary ways. Opportunities for rapid communication, group discussion, and exchange have altered our expectations for speed of response and participation in online discussions. Advantages associated with these new possibilities include increased efficiency in sharing ideas, as well as building community through chat rooms, and other discussion boards. By the same token, the implications of posting information and extended conversations online are not yet fully defined.

To address concerns about these issues, a broadly inclusive group of Oberlin staff members has worked together to establish guidelines that may inform the community of some of the risks and liabilities associated with posting information in such places as MySpace, Facebook, etc. That group drafted two documents: Oberlin College Educational Guidelines on Electronic Social Networking and E-Etiquette: A Quick Guide to E-mailing for Oberlin College Students, to provide guidance for issues surrounding electronic social networking and communication.

As an educational institution, we want to guide our students to make use of electronic communication in a prudent manner, respecting others, and protecting themselves. We strongly encourage students and parents to read these guidelines.


Documents

Oberlin College Educational Guidelines on Electronic Social Networking
E-Etiquette: A Quick Guide to E-mailing for Oberlin College Students