On Safer Internet Day staff counseling centers in the district of Miltenberg on the benefits and risks of Facebook and similar sites have been elucidated.

Devils work, but with caution are social networking sites. The 20 employees of social media and information centers in the district of Miltenberg learned from a four-hour information session as part of Safer Internet Day 2013 in the computer room of the Barbarossa middle school. She had initiated the working group media – web 2.0 – in Miltenberg. For reconnaissance Cordula Dernbach, Educationalist and computer media educator ensured and Stefan Adams, educator and media teacher at the District Office Miltenberg. The aim of the meeting was people from social services and counseling centers with little experience in the mysteries of the social network “Facebook” is needed in order to learn about the opportunities and risks and how these virtual communication platform and have a say in the consultation.

Facebook friends no real friends

Was actually planned to tie practical exercises at the lecture, but it was missing then ultimately the time. This was due to the many intermediate questions and discussion during the lecture. The term “Facebook Friends” for the social network related people found most participants “wide of the mark” and would rather have heard the term “friend”. “Facebook friends and friends are two different things,” she explained to Stefan Adams. Basically, the aim is to exchange information with each other to invite to events and to present itself. One problem he described the so-called “friend finder” on Facebook. If this will activated automatically give the user the address list in his e-mail account, the relevant provider, such as GMX award.

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Data limitation on Facebook “real work”

“My boys will certainly not that I am one of her friends on Facebook,” noted one participant, and asked whether some people may be excluded from the circle of communication. The declaration of Cordula Dernbach as complicated and time consuming, the settings are in order not only to the selected list of friends, but also to limit the publication of certain data, led to collective frown and the comment: “This is really working!”

The shade and sun side of social media

At the end of the event was summarized: The virtual communication via Facebook has both its shadow as well as sun pages. As the promotion of positive social skills and media literacy has been seen, the rapid dissemination of information and the opportunity for young people to try themselves. “To entertain yourself on Facebook with other people is always better than having to sprinkle hours from the television,” said Stefan Adams.

Facebook hype on slowdown

As minus points were the two media educators on the risks of cyber bullying, the unscrupulous handling of data, the high time factor that is expended and the risk of addiction. “Many young people watch every minute on their smartphone to see if a new message has arrived,” confirmed the note Cordula Dernbach a counselor that by the sophisticated mobile technology a certain addictive behavior could be observed in children and adolescents. By inexpensive flat rates which is also a major financial issue more, noted Dernbach. She reported that the Facebook hype was conceived in children and adolescents on the wane. “They want to become better communicate personally like using Skype or other messenger services and not on such a large platform such as Facebook.” A sequel to the Facebook training course is targeted anyway. Then practical exercises should be at the center, who came on Wednesday too short.About the Safer Internet Day and vulnerabilities, there are more details on the internet.

What is Facebook, anyway?

The social network “Facebook” on 4 Added February 2004, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Mark Zuckerberg into the net, and now has more than one billion members. It is among the five most visited websites in the world. In Germany, it is in second place behind Google. Especially with European privacy advocates and security experts Facebook is constantly because of its dubious privacy practices of criticism. Currently on 5 February 2013 saw a media information for rebellion, which developed a Facebook app, the location data of the social net-workers constantly records and forwards. It is conjectured that this Facebook app with location-based advertising is a major source of income. For media hype and panic among those affected ensured via Facebook Flash mob initiated parties, first and foremost one birthday invitation from the student in Hamburg. She had brought an avalanche by about Facebook 16 a select group of friends to their Birthday on 3 June 2011 wanted to invite. She had forgotten to put a corresponding check box and the invitation made ​​public. 14,000 guests have pledged their participation within a few hours. Ultimately, it was around 1500 that came after the flash mob Bramble party and left a place of desolation.