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02 June 2008


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Hey Josie

This is an absolutely great addition to the growing knowledge and resource bank on social networking and education / young people.

I'll share it with our partners on the Youth Work and Social Networking project...

The comparison table is particularly handy :)

Thanks Tim! Please do pass it along - it took a great deal of hard work, discussion & a lot of negotiation to get to the table, and I'd like to see as many people as possible benefit! The evaluation chart will probably date pretty quickly, but the framework should hit all the major points that need reviewing when thinking about using services.

Yes! I'm really looking forward to taking a look. Thanks for your hard work, Josie. These will come in so useful to my everyday work!

All the best!

Really appreciate this - thank you - especially the checklist!

Thanks Josie - this looks fascinating. I'm looking forward to reading and sharing with my colleagues. :)

This looks great. I've just printed it off to take to read on the train.

Hi Alec, Jo, Rose & Emma & thanks for the nice words, I'm always happy to get those :) Hope you enjoy the report and find interesting and useful stuff in there.

Thanks for this Josie. I'm about to look at developing a Social Media Strategy for the youth service and this will give us a lot of information.

Josie, this is really well done, smart, balanced, just the right depth. Great work, you should be proud.

Thanks Hilary - I'm guessing you've already seen Tim's Youth Work & Social networking Services paper? http://www.timdavies.org.uk/2008/05/28/youth-work-and-social-networking-interim-report-out

& thanks too Scott, Childnet & I are both very proud to be able to make a contribution & hopefully move the conversation forward a notch :)

This is a fantastic chunk of research. Well done and very comprehensive. I also found it to have a well balanced POV.

Good work Josie!

This is great. The comparison table was very helpful.
Do visit my blog http://theblogitech.com and leave your comments there.

The problem I have is that pedophiles clocked as a factor of overseas policing can't be dealt with until SOCA- CEOP decide it is ok, that it is without politics. Or it isn't a Daily Mail front page.

The result is, that British pedophiles are running considerably wild. We can only insist on a zapping if they victimize one of our kids, if they don't do that, it ould be a freebie.

There are British pedophile comunity sites still up that were requested to be dealt with from 2006. A lot of British child pornography is generated by proxy. Schoolkids produce it to order.

Hi Tazia, your raise interesting issues about school kids generating child abuse images. Of course, many young people are not aware that in the UK that it is illegal to produce, circulate, possess or distribute indecent or sexual images of children (defined as people under the age of 18), even if the images they are creating are of themselves. This is just one of the many reasons its important that young people understand their online rights and responsibilities.

The report is doing well and received some great coverage:

I was invited to do a guest piece for ZDNet: http://blogs.zdnet.com/social/?p=529
It's also been covered by the National press including The Guardian:
& The Telegraph:

Hello Josie, I have been browsing your report and have found it as an excellent resource for teachers to start learning the benefits and disadvantages of social networks. Grasping and setting the base for them to start leveraging this new media outlet, that the younger generation is so “hooked” on.

I would like to offer to translate your report into Spanish. Because I think it will benefit the Spanish speaking community and spark an interest in the education sector of our society.

I hope that this helps in one way or another close the digital divide.

Congratulations on a great piece of work.



Thank you Claudio for your kind comments and for your wonderful offer! I'm out of town for a few days but I will certainly be following it up with you next week. I think it's a fantastic idea. Talk soon :)

I'm forwarding this url to our team of social networking website programmers.

Thanks for the valuable info and take care.

Jon the Social Networking Software Guy

Thanks, very interesting ! I'd also recommend the following article as a summary of social network's impact on children:


hi there Josie,
I really appreciate the information that you have mention here, esp. the comparison you've made. As a newbie to seo and dad for my kid, social networking morphed the mainstream medium for teens and adults.

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