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Lesson on blogging and use of social networking sites:
How would I be held responsible for what I write on my blog or social networking sites? Why should I be held responsible for what I write in my online social space?

Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between responsible and irresponsible behaviour when using online social networking sites
  • Understand the importance of copyright
  • Write a short policy/guideline for the class on “Acceptable Use of Blogs and Social Networking Sites”

Questions for discussion:

  • How can you connect and communicate online? Think about all the ways you can communicate and share information through the Internet – e-mail, blogs, user-content sites like YouTube, your profile pages on sites like MySpace and FaceBook.
  • Can you say and do pretty anything you want on such sites? Blogs and social networking sites give you lots of personal space on the Internet, but are there rules of behaviour? Can you operate outside the law when you’re online?
  • You may have heard that sites like YouTube and MySpace are cracking down on those who upload copyrighted content to their sites without the copyright holder’s permission. Why? In what way is this wrong?
  • What does the law state about copyrights and use of copyrighted material on the Internet? The law prohibits anycopying of a copyrighted work without the copyright holder’s permission. Do you know why?
  • Does it matter if you’re just doing it for fun, or that you’re just doing it inside your circle of online friends?
  • Think about the following: Would it be wrong if you:
    • Copy a photo and post it on your profile page?
    • Cut and paste an article into your blog?
    • Copy parts of a video for content you upload to your social networking site?
    • Put copies of your computer software on your website for others to download?
  • What about copyrighted works that your network of friends might send or post to you? What should you do id this happens?
  • Now that you know more about copyright and the difference between responsible and irresponsible behaviour when using online social networking sites, write a short policy or set of guidelines for the class on “Acceptable Use of Blogs and Social Networking Sites”.

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