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Social networking, social harassment and social policy
conference contributionposted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by David BednallDavid Bednall, A Hirst, M Ashwin, O Icoz, B Hulten, T Bednall
This paper reports on the misuse of social networking sites (SNS). It was based on a study of 226 students in UK, Sweden, Turkey and France and a panel survey of 1068 Australian adults. Although only a minority of people experienced social harassment and abuse, the distressing nature of the bad experiences suggested that social marketing was needed on several fronts -self-regulation, regulation, education and personal responsibility - in order to minimise these behaviours.