In the media there are many examples of how social networking has played a dangerous role in teen lives. However, positive examples of how this technology supports teen literacy skills and developmental growth are not always so readily accessed. For that reason, we believe that librarians should play an active role in educating parents, teachers and other members of the community about the positive benefits of social networking in teen lives. The following examples of how you can educate your community provide a starting point. When planning, be sure to enlist your Teen Advisory Group (TAG), teens that spend time in your library, or teens in the community to guide you in a plan and implement ideas. For example, they could convert online resource guides and pathfinders to a wiki format, “a piece of server software that allows users to freely create and edit Web page content using any Web browser” (“What is Wiki”). Therefore, students and teachers can collaborate on these resources. Wikis give users of information the chance to add their own ideas about tools and resources that are found to be useful in the research process. Create and distribute brochures and post information online about what your library is already doing to ensure that children and teens are safe online. Also, include information about Internet filters and Internet Acceptable Use Policies that your library has.
Invite parents and educators to a workshop where they can learn about a variety of social networking tools. In the workshop, have librarians and teachers discuss how these tools are being
integrated positively in the classroom and library. Have teens with well-designed Face book and
MySpace profiles, and Twitter pages, etc. demonstrate the positive ways they use social networking tools. People should host Do-It-Yourself Days for adults to learn how to use Social Networking sites and tools successfully. After an introduction about what social networking is, and why it is an important part of a teen’s life, teens from your TAG could work with adults on using the tools in a way that enhances their own lives. Teens might show adults how to set up: a blog that showcases a hobby or special interest, a MySpace or Face book space to keep in touch with friends, a Twitter account so they can share family photos, an IM account to conduct live chats with family members overseas, etc.
During our survey on the basis of the scientific method, we are able to prove our hypothesis is correct or wrong. The scientific method involves the pursuit of knowledge in a systematic way. The steps include: Selecting/Identifying a Topic, Identifying the problem, Reviewing the Literature, Formulating Hypotheses, Developing a Research Design, Collecting Data, and to State the Findings and Conclusions. We identified our topic to be social networking and found that the problem with it was the time that teens spend on them affects the relationships with others. We were able to gather information about...