After the Virginia Tech Shootings I posted on the Silicon Valley Moms Blog about how students are using Web 2.0 to share stories. I am sad to post with another shooting – this time at Northern Illinois University. Again students reached out to each other through online social networks such as Facebook. The Facebook Group "Pray for Northern Illinois University Students And Families" has hotline numbers to obtain updates and words of support on the group wall.
UPDATE: After the Virginia Tech incident, Universities set up security plans. Northern Illinois University’s security plan that took effect included campus lockdown starting with alerts on the website and through the email system as well as a campus alarm system.
Another good reason for university students to have email on their phones.
There are many ways for college students to have email on their phones. One way is to purchase a smartphone that includes email (like the BlackBerry, Palm, Motorola, BlackJack or Apple iPhone) or for students to download applications such as Yahoo Go! Mobile or Gmail Moblie to their phones (for select phones). Another form of communication for the security plans should include a instant messaging strategy so that all students with any cellphone can get the alerts.