Today’s educators have a love-hate relationship with social media. They recognize that five-year-olds know how to use tablets better than their parents and that many kids have smartphones by the time they are 12. Digital natives live and breathe on social media platforms, sending messages and posting pictures and videos almost constantly. In fact, a recent CNN study on social media and teens found that among the 8th-graders surveyed, the heaviest social media users check their feeds up to 100 times a day.

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Jon Roepke is the director of product management for Belkin’s education division and leads Belkin’s overall education strategy and accompanying product offerings. Through hands-on research, spending time in classrooms, and frequent interaction with teachers, Roepke defines and develops solutions for next-gen learning environments. Follow him on twitter @jonroepke or on LinkedIn.