Creating a safe social learning environment
Learning outcomes and student safety are the two of the highest priorities for any K-12 administrator. But for some districts, the widespread use of the Internet and social networking tools places these two goals at odds. It is well accepted that collaboration and interaction strengthen learning outcomes, and social networking creates participatory environments; however, sanctioning the use of social networking presents challenges and possible liabilities that include exposing students to online predators, cyber bullying, inappropriate material and other potentially harmful or negative situations.
This white paper outlines the potential issues associated with open social media sites and provides examples of the policies, best practices and technologies that districts are leveraging to create safe social learning environments.