What is a Social Network?
Boyd and Ellison define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to:
- (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system,
- (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and
- (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site.
Here is a video that gives another description of social networking:
Social networking might be right for your child or student if:
- He/she is at least 13 years old
- He/she interested in using the computer
- He/she would like another way to communicate with friends and relatives
- He/she would enjoy viewing pictures of friends or relatives online
- He/she would enjoy reading or listening to information and updates about friends and relatives
When you feel comfortable with the definition of a social networking site, see our “choosing a social network” page to preview and assist you and your child/student in choosing the site that suits them best.
Boyd, D., & Ellison, N. (2007). Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 11. http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/boyd.ellison.html
Kids’ Internet Saftey Alliance (KINSA). (2009) Kids’ Internet Safety Alliance (KINSA) Virtually Safe program – Social Networking. Retrieved August 7, 2010, from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lMgzjVlwoI&feature=player_embedded#!