School guidelines for social networking?

Stephen Cohen over at Information Today brings our attention to the fact that the Scituate School District near Boston is considering policies for their teachers on social networking websites.   The article states:

A draft of the policy “advises employees to avoid any inappropriate interaction with students who are also posting to Social Network Websites.”

Makes sense that there should be guidelines and training for all teachers in the appropriate use of the Internet and Web 2.0 tools.  Hopefully, they will encourage all teachers to become knowledgeable about how these tools should be used for teaching and learning, including the use of blogs for teacher communications with parents and students, similar to what is happening in the Mabry School District and in Shanghai.  Hopefully, they have taken the time to read what David Warlick and Doug Johnson have suggested in the past regarding guidelines for blogs, which can be applied to social networking websites as well.


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