Wednesday, October 31, 2007

JSU holds forum on online protection


JACKSONVILLE — Spencer Tinsley offered an easy threshold to remember on how open to be with personal Web pages.

"If you don't want your grandmother to see it, don't put it on there," he said.

Tinsley and Chris Stokes, student peer educators at Jacksonville State University, presented advice in a forum titled "Your space, MySpace, our space, everybody's space."

Students gathered in the Theron Montgomery Building heard tips on how to protect themselves on social networking sites popular with college students such as MySpace and Facebook.

While those sites allow users to alter how much information others can see without first requesting access, Stokes noted that the sites report fewer than one in five users ever adjusts the privacy settings.

"It's really a false sense of security," he said.

Sgt. Robert Schaffer with JSU's police department said most students would never think of broadcasting their photo and address at a Gamecock football game, yet many publish that information on the networking sites.

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