This conference was organised by the Oxford Internet institute and held on Monday 7 April 2008. The presentations, now online, were selected to represent a wide range of perspectives on social networking, both as regards the interpretation of social networking and as regards the way to approach people's interactions with Social Networking Sites. the more negative aspects of social networking, if it should be regulated at all. Literacy, default privacy codes by providers and parental awareness were all offered as potential ways to help social networkers take up the opportunities that these sites have to offer while simultaneously avoiding the risks. The feeling was that the positive experiences and benefits outweighed the negative aspects and risks. There was a clear call for more evidence about the effectiveness of literacy and industry self-regulation strategies and about the negative experiences that people have with social networking sites.