Social Training Wheels

I’m listening to a great presentation about digital citizenship, and it just makes me feel like I need to reblog this post. If you’re on the other side of this opinion and/or on the fence, go check out this Prezi by Kris Reed.


Hand holding a Social Media 3d Sphere

Should teachers and students be Facebook friends?  Is it ok for a student and teachers to Tweet with each other?  I have been involved in these discussions so many times and I see valid points in both sides of the argument.
On one hand….
Has there ever been a case of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students that couldn’t be traced back to a social media connection?  There’s a lot of bad stuff out there and such tools are a distraction from learning at the least and a potential for real harm at worst.  How would you monitor and control it?  You can’t.  You can only teach students what is right and the respond when they choose to do otherwise.  There are other tools, such as MBC, that offer the same social components but provide the safety net that can protect students while also teaching them to behave appropriately.

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