As online social networking expands its far ranging reach as a highly effective mode of interpersonal communication so does the need for conventions that constructively guide and protect those who utilize it to its fullest capabilities. Numerous instances of online social networking abuse and misuse have been evidenced via a growing number of course cases, expressed parental concerns, and education related incidents. As a result, it has become readily apparent that policies, rules and laws must be formulated as guides and conventions for the appropriate use of online social networking. In effect, the future of constructive growth and use of online social networking depends upon the respect and consideration for this powerful contemporary mode of interpersonal communication.