Social Media for Parents

Today’s means of communication have changed drastically in the past number of years.  Not only is it faster, the devices for it are available like never before.  In today’s schools, there are countless personal devices in the pockets (or hands!) of all in attendance using social media or text messaging.  Statistics claim that most of our students currently use social media.  I am sure that many of you have seen it or are users yourself.  The connecting ability of  the internet, social media, and the associated devices is extremely strong and it would be only appropriate to take advantage.  However with everything that is good, there are concerns.

Below is a presentation that a colleague of mine did (not at McNair.)  He is in the private school system and did this presentation for interested parents.  It outlines some concerns around students’ use of social media and also some of the benefits.  It is quite informative if it is something that you have just dabbled in and would like to know a bit more about.

Social media is upon us.  It is our intention to get it working positively for us to disseminate information and to promote and support learning.  With that also comes many conversations around responsible and effective use of it and the associated devices…. Many conversations.  The way life is going now, mobile devices and social media sites are an important part of the lives of young people.  Let’s use it to improve the way we do things, not resist it.

Please see my colleague’s blog entry titled “Social Media for Parents” at:

http://davidwees.com/content/social-media-parents

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About bsoong

Vice Principal at Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Son, husband and father. Sports and movie fan.
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