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2/11/2009 6:44 AM
 
Teaching social networking and proper use fo the web is one thing. Getting teenagers to implement it on their sites is quite another. I have a teenager who doesn't think she shoudl have to change anything on her site whether or not her father and I think it is inappropriate. That's a fight with one kid, good luck working it out with 1000 kids.
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2/11/2009 6:45 AM
 

I am interested to see how many schools open facebook or MySpace and teach a class on responsibility on the web.

 

 Our high school teaches a course called Netiquette but many of our students think it’s a joke because they know all the answers (what 16 year old doesn't?) and I’m betting that 95% of the kids don’t go back and see what may be inappropriate on their site. We often find out that our students are posting inappropriate school related information on their sites and tracking them down to have it removed.

 

In my humble opinion Social networking does not belong in the schools. Education based networking I’m all for. Leave the socializing to between classes, lunch and after school.

 Respectfully,

LL, network administrator,MA

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2/11/2009 8:33 AM
 

I agree that facebook, myspace youtube etc should be blocked at school. The typical student is not able to understand what is appropriate use and what is not in a school setting.  If the social networking could be limited to a classroom environment, then I think its great but what about the other classes or down time for students. They already attempt email, chat or online games when they "have nothing" to do. So why add to the problem.  Coorporate American typically does not allow social networks, gaming, shopping, etc during business hours because they want their employees working.  Shouldn't we expect the same from our students?  I view social networking as something to do in your own spare time, not during my classtime.  Safety and risk knowledge should be taught and we do that quite throughly but I beleive it can be done without the social network.  Like mentioned above, kids aren't going back and making corrections. Face it what we see an inappropriate they see as completely acceptable.  I also beleive it opens lines for cheating or fraudulent things getting out during school.  It's a toe in a door that we as educators may not want opened.

 

Nancee

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3/3/2009 8:54 AM
 

There is a site called schooltown.com  that has a mix of social networking and the capabilites of blackboard. It is very teacher/student/parent friendly and really safe.  I just learned about it and hope to implement it into my own classroom very soon. 

 

 

Sandra

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3/3/2009 6:15 PM
 
Sandra,

The site you are talking about is a great secure online place for students, my son's school is using it, but it is Schooltown.net not .com

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