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Tuesday November 21, 2017

City Issues Guidelines for Use of Social Media in the Classroom

Classroom in a school for migrant students in ...

Classroom in a school for migrant students in Beijing (Dongba district) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NY this week released guidelines for the use of social media in schools. The regulations called for a certain caution when teachers decide to use it, and urges teachers to reject any friend requests from students, unless it is strictly a professional account. Additionally, the Department of Education considered mandated that consent for be given to parents, detailing how social media is being used in the classroom, and asking parents’ permissions for children to participate in the activities or allow the students’ work or picture to be posted online. According to The Wall Street Journal, this month the city will begin training teachers how to best utilize the tools for education, while not allowing these less formal student-teacher interactions to become inappropriate.

These new rules come subsequent to a rapid increase in complaints to the Special Commissioner of Investigation for schools regarding the use of social media in an educational setting, from 2 in 2008 to 59 in 2010.

Schools spokesman Matthew Mittentha said to the Journal that the guidelines are simply “strong recommendations” and not abiding by them do not lead to direct repercussions, given that the individual has not broken any mandated policies. Teachers are also told that their social media sites will be monitored by employers, and any suspicious behavior is to be reported.

Supporters of the guidelines believe they are fair and protects both teachers and students. On the other hand, some think that these guidelines hinder the potential learning experience that students have.

The Wall Street Journal