FriPEL: Friendship privacy educational labware

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As social media grows increasingly in popularity, so do people's concerns about their privacy disclosure. Considering the large amount of time the younger generations spend on online social networks, educational activities are needed to promote privacy protection. This paper presents an initial effort on exploring a hands-on learning approach to educate students on social media privacy. Specifically, a labware was developed to educate students that their query behaviors in online social networks may disclose the private relationships of other users on the site. The labware aims at making students aware of the privacy issues on social media, understanding the costs of privacy protection, stimulating their interests, and improving students self-efficacy. This paper discusses the design and implementation of the labware, which was evaluated among a group of student volunteers through the lecture and hands-on activities. Student feedback was very positive and encouraging.

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