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Introduction to MySpace: Setting up an Account

If you want to see whether a MySpace profile has been created for you, or to check out your students’ pages, you first must create a profile of your own. Below is a guide for setting up your account. (Note: you can stop after step 6. You don’t need to upload a photo or invite friends to your page.)

myspacescreen.jpgOnce your account is set up, MySpace unraveled coauthor Anne Collier recommends using the site's search box to search for students' full names, then first name plus high school name, and various combinations. However, she cautions, if profiles are private, you can't access them unless you have the user's full name or email address.

If teachers or schools decide to monitor MySpace or other social networking sites, Collier says they should be upfront about it with the student body. “This would definitely foster trust or at least more open communication lines,” she says. “It might be good to have an assembly or meeting with student body representatives involving two-way discussion (or perhaps 3-way, involving PTOs) about what social sites are popular in their student body. If the school is in any contact with local police, the police department’s cybercrimes unit or youth division or the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force might conduct a tutorial on how to monitor the site.”

Click here to find out how to set up an account with an excerpt from MySpace Unraveled: What it is and how to use it safely by Larry Magid and Anne Collier. Copyright © 2007. Reprinted with permission of Pearson Education, Inc. and Peachpit Press. (PDF, 7 pages)