Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Schools on Facebook.

How Schools Can Use Facebook to Build an Online Community

Given the fact students nowadays are heavily exposed in the new digital world and social media are a big part of it, how can schools use them efectively? I know that many of you will probably stop reading right now thinking I'm crazy to discuss such a topic. It's not a taboo, students even in very young ages have facebook profiles. It won't be long that you will start seeing facebook profiles of 7 or 8 year old kids appearing as suggested friends to your profile.

So, it doesn't help at all trying to stop the inevitable. But since we can see it coming we can brace ourselves and our kids for it. Schools utilizing social media to connect their students and share content and infromation with them can also teach them how to use social media correctly. Apart from sharing content and information about their events and activities thay can also inform their students about how to protect themeselves when using social media. All that and many more can be done using the media itself and giving live examples of how to protect yourself and what can be caused from not using it correctly.

In a world where almost everyone will have a digital identity (or even better a cyber-identity) it's safe to know that teacheers in schools will teach your children how to protect themselves. Better safe than sorry.

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