Privacy and security concerns are among the many barriers holding back the use of social networking tools in schools, new research suggests--but a number of child-friendly applications have emerged. Among these are...

ConnectYard: ConnectYard's Enterprise Edition for K-12 allows schools to establish private learning communities that are integrated with popular social networks such as Facebook. Students and teachers can access the ConnectYard platform and begin interacting with each other without the requirement to join a social networking site or add each other as a "friend." Only users approved by the school are permitted to join the community and interact


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