Should Schools Implement Social Media Policies?

Facebook wasn’t a topic of conversation in high schools 10 years ago — it hadn’t even been invented yet.  One decade and a billion users later, and with the introduction of Twitter, Instagram and other social networking platforms, it’s become an unavoidable cultural commodity. If you’re a teacher, your students most likely have profiles, and vice versa.

There are plenty of examples of Facebooking-gone-wrong in the education field so far. There’s the teacher in Pittsburgh, Pa., whose colleagues discovered her photo with a stripper online, and the Boston-area teen who was arrested for alleged “terrorist threats” in a rap video he posted to Facebook.  But the logistics of what is and isn’t acceptable between students and teachers online are still being figured out — and it largely varies by school.

Mashable reached out to a few schools across the U.S. to ask about how they’ve adjusted to the digital era. Our primary question: Should there be an overall policy for social media use?

Read entire article Eric Larson on Mashable at http://mashable.com/2013/07/01/school-social-media-policy/

You may also enjoy Living with Social Media, posted on April 9, 2013 by Chris Chase on EarthLink Blog at http://blogs.earthlink.net/living-with-social-media/

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