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Social media access challenges parents, educators

By Zach Tyler, The Anniston Star
December 16th, 2014

Adults tackle question of how much social media is enough, but not too much

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With smartphones and tablet and laptop computers now as common as pencils and notebooks in many classrooms, schools and parents alike are having to figure out how to guide students’ use of technology.

Access to the internet for students can mean access to a world of information, but it can just as easily get them to social media sites and apps. That can enhance their learning experience, educators say, but it does come with risks.

Piedmont’s schools are in the fifth year of a program that issues laptop computers to all students in grades four through 12. Students in kindergarten to third grade also use mobile devices in the classroom.

“We allow the use of social media, especially at the high school” said Piedmont Schools Superintendent Matt Akin.

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