Facebook – Love it or hate it, use it or avoid it like the plague? There is little doubt that the vast majority of young people love it. A sizable number of the young people we teach in our schools use it frequently, many on a nightly basis. I picture it as the modern equivalent of the scenes I used to watch in American films of the 80’s where all high schoolers would have a phone in their bedroom and spend their evenings ‘calling’ their ‘girlfriends’ or those phones with the really long cords that everyone American household seemed to have in their kitchen. (How did they avoid getting the cord tangled?!?!)
But I digress…
For the foreseeable future it seems to be a part of young peoples’ lives that attend our schools and our classes. To my knowledge most schools do not allow Facebook to be accessed in school. Yet, for a lot of schools, activities on Facebook outside of school seem to cause regular discipline issues in schools. Some of these are major issues involving bullying, threats, rumour-spreading amongst other things.
So, how should schools be Dealing With Facebook as regards these issues? Or, indeed, have any schools addressed these issues successfully already and in what ways?
There are suggestions that Facebook being allowed in schools would address these issues. Yet. for most schools this really would be a step too far. Other views I have encountered have suggested that education re online behaviour is the key but what if you already do that (as any school with a decent ICT curriculum should do) and the problem remains?
Please share your thoughts and experiences. I have little doubt that many have asked similar questions to the ones in this post and some may even have addressed the issues I have described. After all this is nothing new. But please share.