Technology in the classroom is the new normal, providing an array of opportunities for learning and productivity. At the same time, the proliferation of personal electronic devices and social media outlets among children is creating new challenges for educators, parents, and students alike. This new landscape is ever-changing and can be difficult to navigate, especially as we strive to set social media boundaries and protect children from the potentially dangerous aspects of online communication.
Electronic communications and social media must be acknowledged for their potential role in the exploitation and abuse of children – not just at home but at school. Establishing clear electronic and social media boundaries is a critical element of protecting our children from sexual abuse in our schools.
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Teachers and students are increasingly using technology to communicate with one another about class expectations and assignments; this kind of communication is valuable and perfectly acceptable. However, it is important to keep in mind that these interactions should be limited to posts that are visible by all users, including parents and administrators. And they should be done using district electronic platforms, never through personal email or personal social media.