"No different than 3 generations of our family walking around the town square," shared Kimberly Herbert--via this Google+ post--when referencing use of Facebook by her family on two continents. You can read the full comment here. But is using Facebook like walking around the town square or like walking around a cell block? Does Facebook provide the security and privacy controls others do?
Kat Gleason, also sharing via the G+ comments, shares
Being part of a community that cares is so very important to preteens. I wonder how many kids that are using sm [social media] are involved in other groups, such as church youth groups, choirs, boy scouts etc.
The points made by Linton Weeks in the NPR broadcast below certainly go to the conversation we've been having about "My Teacher Made Me Do It" and "My Teacher Made Me Do It Redux."
Leanna K Johnson points out that she tries to use Moodle, but....-
I try to give students that same socialization with Moodle. We also begin the school year overviewing privacy and what-if scenarios. I can only do so much to protect them, though. Many of them are on Facebook at a young age. I have 4th graders with iPhones and Internet access. All I can do is talk to them and listen if problems arise.
That's a fascinating observation, isn't it? As our children do the same thing with social media that they did with the mobile devices their parents gave them--use them in spite of what educators say--maybe we need to change our perspective. For educators, protect means stopping kids from accessing social media.
There has to be another way. Maybe, we need to go back to Kat Gleason's point...
Are our schools communities that care?
If not, shouldn't they be?
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