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District policy change could ban selfies

T. Keung Hui, The News & Observer
December 8th, 2014

Students would need teacher permission to take selfies in school

selfie-banWhether by design or not, a proposed Wake County (N.C.) school policy change could ban students from taking pictures of themselves and others in school.

One of the revisions to the school district’s technology policy would prohibit students “from taking pictures or videos with any device unless directed by a teacher.” The wording comes at a time when “selfies,” self-portraits usually taken by cellphones with cameras or webcams, have become a staple of youth-driven social media.

Several Wake school board members questioned the wording on taking photographs when the changes to the technology policy were discussed last week by the policy committee.

“We know that kids have phones in school and are using them,” school board member Monika Johnson-Hostler said in an interview. “We need to be clear and cautious about what we say about using personal devices.”

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