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Unit Five studying policies on social media

Fri, 04 May 2012 11:27:32 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

School Districts all over the U-S including Unit Five in McLean County are groping toward rules on how to deal with student and teacher use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Unit Five Technology Director Loren Baele sits on the district's policy committee. He says a long-existing standard free speech limit on student statements outside of school might be applicable to social media as well.

   

Baele says Unit Five has already had a few incidents of improper student conduct on social media affecting the school environment. He says for teachers, in the absence of a policy, better safe than sorry is probably a good rule.

   

Baele says he understands the need for teachers to be accessible to students electronically to continue teaching. But, he says the district strongly prefers those exchanges happen on Unit Five controlled platforms where the interaction is monitored and logged and not on Facebook or Twitter.

   

Baele says he hopes Unit Five will have a policy ready to roll out for the fall.

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