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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Social Media/Monitoring

I know there are ongoing conversations about technology being had in pockets all over campus, even around the topic of social networks (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.). I saw this article today in eSchool News and wanted to share it with you for many reasons.  Please read all the way to the end so you get multiple sides of the "debate."  This came up quite a bit in a recent parenting workshop Sam Harris and I hosted a few weeks ago.  And while parents would be the only ones to take the step of monitoring their kids social networks, in some of these paragraphs, particularly toward the end, I think you could substitute "adult" for "parent." There are so many other issues wrapped up in this, but I simply wanted to share this for consideration, in hopes that we will continue to engage in open conversations about the technology-rich world in which we live today.

Having now spoken to lots of our students (grades 3 thru 11 so far), I can tell you our kids are just as all over the place in their view of technology, media, and its impact, as we adults are.  From my perspective, we all have a lot to think about, a lot of listening to do, and a lot more conversations to have.
My concern is that social network monitoring services could short-change the parent-child (and the teacher-student) relationships, shut down these educational conversations, and move teenagers from sharing to silence, which is something that no parent, educator, citizens – none of us wants.


http://www.eschoolnews.com/2011/02/07/social-media-monitoring-services-stir-debate/

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