Encouraging Responsible Student Use of Social Media
Students and school employees increasingly use social media and other forms of technology for communication, instruction, and increased productivity. While these media provide helpful tools and have dramatically changed the way people communicate, they also come with the potential for negative behavior. In Chapter 3 we discussed two of the most prevalent student disciplinary issues involving social media-cyberbullying and sexting. School personnel and families are rightfully concerned about the safety of their students and children. The concern is complicated by the fact that the technology changes faster than policy can be developed or procedures implemented. While many schools and parents try to limit access and use, the fact is that social media is such a part of the everyday fabric of American society that to restrict use limits children’s potential both educationally and socially.