With the emergence of new technologies and the access students now have to the Internet, it's no surprise that social media safety has become a more pressing issue, both in and out of schools. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center study, 3 in 5 responding students reported being harassed on a social media platform, 1 in 4 witnessed someone being physically threatened, and 1 in 11 were stalked on social media. Most students have no idea what their online rights are and are reticent to let a teacher or parent know when they're facing challenges online.
What steps can we take to help protect students when they're using social media?
THE BEST DEFENSE IS A GOOD OFFENSE
While students use social media regularly, the appropriate parameters for these interactions aren't intuitive. Teachers and parents need to have intentional conversations with kids about social media. When, for example, is it appropriate to post? Should you friend or connect with anyone who asks? How do you protect access to your...