“Should Schools Monitor Student’s Social Media Posts?”

Great post, by a great friend. Thanks for sharing Michela!

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Ferries-Rowe and Pasco’s article (2014) looks at both sides of this question. What is the right answer? Yes or No? What is your gut reaction? I urge you read the article, see both sides, and let me know your thoughts.

Here are some points that stood out to me:

A. Yes, school should have policies in place to model responsible behaviour and interaction. “Because if we as adults do not help them recognize and live out appropriate norms, we as a society will reap the consequences of the inappropriate norms they learn in our absence. This approach isn’t cheap, or easy, or automated. But the most valuable parts of education never are” (Ferries-Rowe & Pasco, 2014).

B. No, social media is about communication whether it be direct or passive, maybe even passive-aggressive. “Instead of spending our time monitoring and reacting to inappropriate posts, we need to spend it arming our students…

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