To keep your campus network resources safe:
Online Social Network Safety Tips
An online social network is a site that allows people to search for and view personal information about others. Features include picture posting, posting of identifiable demographic information, physical location disclosure, blogging, file sharing, social calendar ability and the ability to write and receive comments from others. There are risks associate with online communities.
Everything a user posts online is optional. Information such as home address, school address, cell phone number, class schedule, email address, IM screen name, birthday and more can be used to positively identify a user. A positive identification may lead to personal harm. The information posted may affect other individuals. a roommate or family member may unintentionally become affected by a user's posted information.
Once the user posts information, all control over personal information is diminished or lost completely. As soon as a user enters information into the system, anyone can view that information. The user should understand and edit the privacy settings associated with his or her personal profile. Users should be aware of who can view his or her profile. Prospective employers, family members, staff members and professors may one day view the profile.
Communication with Others
Users should exercise caution when communicating with others via online communities. Chatting, messaging and commenting on other user profiles can offer a false sense of closeness.
Not all online community members log on with the same intentions. While many users log on to take advantage of the positive aspects of online networks, some users aim to use the posted information in a negative manner.
Authenticity of users is not confirmed. Online users do not have to disclose any truthful information. Users may not use their true identity when communicating and posting information.