Student blogs and school policy

EducationPR normally restricts its focus to technology as it relates to communication professionals in education. But when I speak at workshops I frequently get questions about how to deal with students’ use of blogs and other social media. Here’s a thoughtful post from NSBA’s BoardBuzz, discussing distinctions between blogging in general, which offers everyone the power to publish, and the role of school administrations when student blogs are in question. Freedom of expression is a wonderful thing. But “when it comes to students,” writes BoardBuzz, “the school’s first mission is making sure the classroom environment is safe so learning can take place. And, if that means coming down on a cyber-bully or a rogue student intent on disrupting the right of other students to a safe and sound learning environment, so be it.”

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