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Crime Prevention on Twitter

Week 1 – Interactive Assignment

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Your  initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until  Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect  both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.  Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon  above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

     Crime Prevention on Twitter      

For this course, we are using Twitter to broaden your classroom  learning experience. It is not necessary to have your own Twitter  account to participate in the Twitter social media activities throughout  the course. The CRJ305 Twitter feed is accessible on our class website  and course credit will be earned by viewing Twitter and interacting with  your instructor and classmates on the course discussion board. However,  if you want to interact with your classmates and others on Twitter in  addition to the discussion boards, here are instructions for setting up  your own Twitter account: Signing up with Twitter (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..  The purpose of this activity is to give you a chance to familiarize  yourself with Twitter and the international social media presence of  crime prevention topics. For this activity, you will visit (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  and click on the little magnifying glass on the left side of the screen  to reveal the search box to search Twitter. Then do the following:

  • In the search box, type the words “crime prevention” and click “enter” to initiate a Twitter search.
  • Scroll down the page and review some of the tweets that mention the term crime preventionChoose  two tweets that interest you that relate to a crime prevention program,  law enforcement approach to crime prevention, research on crime  prevention, etc. Please choose different tweets than those your  classmates have chosen. Therefore, you may want to complete this  activity early in the week to avoid duplicating your classmates’ chosen  tweets.
  • Share the links to the tweets in the discussion board. See below for further instructions on what to include in your discussion.
  • If you do not have a Twitter account, simply click on the tweet and  copy and paste the URL for the tweet. Share the link on the discussion  board. See below for further instructions on what to include in your  discussion.
  • In addition to the links to the two tweets you chose, please address the following in your discussion:
    • Overall, what did you observe in reviewing the tweets from the  Twitter search term “crime prevention?” For example, which agencies were  tweeting about crime prevention? Were they primarily in the United  States or abroad? Based on your review of the recent tweets (in the past  six months), do you think that the United States seems to be focused on  promoting crime prevention?
    • What specific topics in crime prevention did you find on Twitter?  Were they regarding crime prevention research, theory, and/or practice?
    • If you were to tweet to your U.S. Senators about the topic of crime  prevention, what would you say? (Remember that you can use only 140  characters or less on Twitter so be clever in your “tweet” to your  Senators).

Your initial post must be a minimum of 300 words in length. Support  your initial post with examples from your required reading material  and/or other sources. Please provide both in-text citations in APA style  and APA style references at the end of your initial post.

Guided Response: Review several of your peer’s  posts. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. In  your responses, offer a point of view that provides either support for  your classmates’ position(s) or constructive feedback indicating why you  disagree. Be sure to support your assertions with the required  resources this week and/or other sources, using the Scholarly, Peer Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.  document for guidance. Respond to at least two of your fellow students’  posts in a substantive manner and provide recommendations to extend  their thinking. You are encouraged to post your required replies earlier  in the week to promote more meaningful and interactive discourse in  this discussion forum. Continue to monitor the discussion forum until  5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Day 7, and respond with robust dialogue to  anyone who replies to your initial post.

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