April 9, 2014
“Youthful Indiscretions: Should Colleges Protect Social Network Users from Themselves and Others?” As an attorney specializing in labor and employment and higher education law, Bostonian, Dana L. Fleming wrote an article entitled, “Youthful Indiscretions: Should Colleges Protect Social Network Users from Themselves and Others? The article was published in the Winter 2008 The New England Journal of Higher Education. In 2008, two social networking sites, MySpace and Facebook, were becoming increasingly popular with young people. Adolescents, college students, and people in their twenties began to expose their lives online for all the world to see. Fleming questions the role that colleges and universities should play protecting its students from the dangers of indiscrete online exposure. Fleming provides example after example of how information provided by the user on MySpace and Facebook have ruined or altered people’s lives. Potential employers, law enforcement officials, colleges, universities, and others have used this information to help them with their decision-making regarding certain individuals. If the information available on site is not showing the individual in a positive light, the decisions made may be detrimental to the individual. She recognizes that colleges and universities across the nation offer practical tips for social media site users such as “Don’t post anything you wouldn’t be comfortable with your grandmother seeing.” (440) But she also understands that students are not following that advice. Fleming explains how difficult it is for colleges to keep an eye on their students’ online postings, and admits “there is no practical way for colleges to monitor the content of these sites, as students’ profiles and postings are changing constantly.” (440) Later in the article she justifies that reviewing a students’ profile page may be beneficial in providing clues to a person’s behavior. She concludes...
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