Social networking plays an important role in the development and maintenance of relationships in young people’s lives. Sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters allow people to connect and share with others regardless of their circumstance or location. The benefits associated with social networking include allowing for positive and engaging interactions between family and friends. However, there are also risks associated with online communication and information sharing. Familiarising yourself with social networking sites, and in particular with what you can do to stay safe on these sites, will assist you in supporting young people to engage safely when social networking. 

In this video, Prof. Donna Cross talks about the importance of developing your personal knowledge around social networking and the content in the module.

In addition to safety and acting as a role model of good digital citizenship, we all benefit when learning to use “technology appropriately and responsibly” (Ribble, 2009).  As technology users and social networkers, we have a responsibility to model positive online behaviour that students can observe and emulate (Ribble, 2009). Developing your capabilities to know how and when to use digital technology will provide you with the skills to support children’s understanding of what it means to be a good digital citizen. 

This module will develop your knowledge of social networking and its appropriate use including cybersafe practices like friending and privacy settings. 

After completing this module, you should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of developing your personal knowledge of social networking 
  • Explain what social networking is 
  • Identify different types of social networking and social networking sites 
  • Recognise how to protect your digital reputation 
  • Utilise cybersafe practices like grouping, privacy settings and updating passwords 
  • Source further information on social networking online 
  • Understand terminology associated with interacting online 

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