Transcript for 2006 Flashback: What Is It With These Teens and Facebook?
Finally tonight the growing use of the Internet as a social meeting place tens of millions of young people college and high school students are now going to web sites. To make friends and contacts many say they do it more often than they checked their email. Many are also learning that there are new unexpected hazards in that kind of activity here's ABC's Jessica yellen. When seventeen year old Mary Ellen handy posted her name and picture on myspace.com. She never thought her reputation would be damaged were flung capitals for your trip planning -- -- you will make my life. For other users doctored her pictures and -- damaging personal comments. Like so many young people Mary Ellen had joined the web site to share profiles with potential new friends. Increasingly they are surprised by the downside of these Internet postings. FaceBook dot com is used by students at 24000. Schools. It's so popular faced looking has become a verb that everyone makes cents average life. Students write about themselves the subjects can be inappropriate have been -- -- sexy -- loner and the photos incriminating like this one of underage students holding beer. Some postings have gotten students in serious trouble at Fisher College in Boston two students were expelled for threatening on FaceBook to commit a crime. At North Carolina State University forced students were disciplined for posts about drinking school officials worry that students feel so safe fusing these web sites they forget the information is posted for millions of people to see. And it can hunt them for years. At least one federal employee -- looks at FaceBook profiles before hiring college interns. And -- Mary -- high school students may now be asked to submit all web site profiles to get a college recommendation. What may be fun when you're talking you're fourteen or fifteen year old friends. May not look so good when you're looking at a college recruiter. For trying to get that very competitive scholarship both high schools and colleges are now advising students not to post anything they wouldn't want their parents. Or a future employer to know. Jessica yellen ABC news Washington.
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