I had the pleasure this week of serving on a panel discussion for the Gannett newspaper in my city about how schools are using (or abusing) social media. The discussion focused quite a bit on the recent development of the New York City schools’ social media policy, which prohibits teachers fro becoming “friends” with their students on Facebook and other popular social media sites. On the panel with me were Dr. Christopher Clouet, Superintendent of Schools in the White Plains City School District, along with two students and one parent from other Westchester County schools.
Because I knew the discussion would center at least partly on social media abuses, I prepared a list of helpful resources in advance. This list covers everything from templates for social media policies, to information about teachers in some parts of the country are beginning to experiment communicating with students through Facebook fan pages. It’s a lot, but worth perusing.