Have you felt like you could let down your guard a little bit when it comes to educating and advocating about social networking? It does seem quieter this summer than last summer when there was lots of discussion about Congress and DOPA. It may seem quiet right now but that doesn’t mean that we can really let down our guard. Here are some reasons why:
- Today’s New York Times includes an article about sexual predators on Facebook. Now that Facebook has gained a strong foothold in the social networking portal arena, we have to be ready to talk with others about why Facebook is something teens need access to in libraries. (Just like we were doing last year with MySpace.)
- There is still social networking legislation in Congress that has yet to be voted/decided on. Just check out Andy Carvin’s DOPA Watch to learn how alive and well the legislation still is.
- State legislatures are still considering local versions of DOPA like legislation. Again, all you have to do is check out DOPA Watch to find out what’s going on state-by-state.
While it might be comfortable and easy to think we are out of the woods, the fact is we are not. Don’t forget to keep your colleagues and other adults in the community aware of the positive aspects of social networking in teen lives. The debate hasn’t ended and we have a definite role to play.