News from Boissevain School

November 16, 2010

Social Media

Filed under: Students — Mr. White @ 2:14 am

I have been following a blog quite regularly but most recently picked up a few more to view every couple of days.  The most recent entry showed a number of educational video sites and the one I looked at talked about students and social media.  The video had an interview on NBC of a school principal talking about asking parents to ban students from using facebook.  The video had text showing the opposite opinion of what the principal was saying.  What are your thoughts about both sides?  Should facebook be banned from student use at home and school?  Should the responsibility of students and parents be to use social media properly?  What are the ways you use Social Media in a responsible way?

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  1. I can see both sides of the social media debate. There are many risks associated with the technology, however there are many benefits as well. I do not believe Facebook needs to be banned from student use but parents and students should be responsible for using social media appropriately. This is where teachers can become involved. Teachers can educate students about the responsible use of technology which is becoming more important in the ‘digital age.’ This approach by teachers can hopefully put a stop to inappropriate use of social media as well as other types of technology.

    Although integrating technology into classes is vital, I do not believe social media, such as Facebook, has a place in the school. The risks are too high for a place that is supposed to offer safety and security to all members. There are other methods that teacher’s can use that can accomplish the goals of ICT in the classroom. These methods include blogs and wikis that can be previewed, monitored, and moderated by the teacher. Personally I use social media to keep in touch with family, friends, and colleagues.

    Comment by landonjaywhite — November 18, 2010 @ 6:15 am | Reply

  2. I do not think that Facebook should be banned from Student use. As long as students are using it responsibly and wisely it’s fine. In school it should be allowed to be used as long as it doesn’t pose as a distraction. Facebook helps to keep in touch with your family and friends and I do not think that this opportunity should be taken away from the students.

    -Pablo

    (S.D)

    Comment by Pablo Garcia — November 23, 2010 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  3. When I think of the social media debate I think of one thing: responsibility. Although sites like Facebook and Twitter have no censors and therefore can contain inappropriate information, some students can use the websites as an alternative to cell phones to contact their friends during breaks, thus partially reducing the use of cell phones. But I believe the responsibility of using social media properly lies with the students. If they prove they are mature enough to use the sites properly they should be free to use them, even if their classmates cannot. Teachers should monitor social media in the classroom and simply bar those from the sites who are misusing them. Students need to learn that social media comes with responsibility and that everyone needs to follow the rules in order to keep everyone happy, including themselves.

    Comment by Eric — November 23, 2010 @ 5:48 pm | Reply


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