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> Date:    Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:54:56 -0400
> From:    Barbara Fritz <bfritzlibrary@GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: HIT: ELEM: Facebook VERY, VERY LONG
> Well, this has been a very interesting discussion. Nearly every posting in
> this discussion has been sent through LM_NET, so there are just a few
> people's thoughts to share with you. See the many postng below.
> I had reservations about allowing a student to befriend me on my personal
> page, that's what prompted me to ask for some input and advice from all of
> you, and have decided it just isn't a good idea, but I do like the idea of =
> a
> Facebook Page for my libraries and I have already started it. The student
> who asked to be my friend is absent today, but I will see her as soon as
> possible and explain why I refused her friendship request. From there I am
> not sure what will develop. I do not feel I am the policeman of the under 1=
> 3
> crowd if they happen to have a Facebook page, but I will be asking her how
> she got it and make sure she has her parent's permission to have the page.
> The libraries' Facebook page will be available for anyone who wants to join
> and everything will be out in the open for all to see. I would never post
> anything on my personal Facebook page that I wouldn't feel comfortable
> sharing with my students and their parents anyway.

If you are an elementary librarian you should NOT be setting up a Facebook
page and suggesting that your students can join this PERIOD! They are ALL
way underage. They should NEVER be encouraged to set up Facebook accounts -
parent approval or NOT. Especially at the elementary age, parents should not
be encouraged to approve this activity - your profile would act as an

A Facebook page for a public library that is operated as an information
service - NOT a place for social interactions - is perfectly ok. A Facebook
for alumnus also sounds safe. Maybe a high school libraries if this is
totally set up as a professional service, not a personal site - but I have
concerns about this. It would be better to have this on a school-based


Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats: Responding to the Challenge of Online Social
Aggression, Threats, and Distress (Research Press)

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the
Internet Safely and Responsibly (Jossey-Bass)

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