Common Sense Media searches the World Wide Web daily for news addressing topics like online privacy, cyberbullying, digital ethics, social networking and more! At the end of each week, Common Classroom highlights some of the top news in this Weekly News Round-Up Post.
Here’s what happened this week!
- Facebook Expands Safety & Security Tools – Just a day after security firm Sophos sent Facebook an open letter addressing privacy issues, Facebook has introduced a suite of new safety features. (Mashable)
- Students applying to college may want to check out their Facebook page first – Students may have to worry about one more thing when applying to colleges — their Facebook pages. According to Schools.com, 70 percent of colleges surveyed said that candidates’ Facebook profiles are a medium-to-high priority in the admissions process. (Deseret News)
- EU: Many children are unsafe on social networks - The EU says many children using social-networking sites don’t use privacy settings, making them vulnerable to stalkers and other harassment. (MSNBC)
- How Long Could You Go Without Facebook? – Which would you rather give up for a week — email, texting or Facebook? If you chose Facebook, you’re probably not alone. In a small preliminary study at the University of Pennsylvania in November, participants said email, texts and cellphone calls are more valuable than Facebook. (Wall Street Journal)
- 5 Great Media Literacy Programs and How to Assess Their Impact – Increasingly, Public Media 2.0 projects are moving not only beyond broadcast to social and mobile platforms, but into the realms of digital and media literacy training. (PBS)
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