Claiming Space

Subject: Internet Safety & Security
Grade Level: All
Source: Cable in the Classroom

Broadcasting the Personal - While it may be easy, even appealing, to disregard the wildly popular social-networking sites that have captivated students, to do so is to miss an opportunity to meet adolescents and teens where they are: on a quest to define who they are.  The Web is well suited to their developmental needs, providing both the space and tools that support self-expression.  Each person makes choices about how to personalize event blogs, biographical sketches, and ever-evolving friend lists.

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Created by Dr. Sameer Hinduja, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University, and Dr. Justin W. Patchin, an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.