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Thompson tells WebMD that the value of social networking sites like Facebook
is clear for keeping in touch with former classmates, distant friends, and
"But students need to think carefully about the kinds of things they post,"
she says. "Even a photo as seemingly innocuous as drinking alcohol may not be
in someone's best interest when they are applying for residency."
Slightly more than a third of the student affairs officials polled reported
that their school had a policy in place to define appropriate and inappropriate
content on social networking sites.
Thompson says she is working with colleagues at the University of Florida to
develop such a policy, but she adds the intent is not to censor students.
"Some schools are moving toward censorship -- telling students they
shouldn't use social networking sites like Facebook," she says. "But that is
not very realistic in the world we live in today. We think it is important to
have a good policy, but I can't tell you what that policy will look like