Principal’s Letter to Parents: Take Kids off Social Networking Sites

Principal’s Letter to Parents: Take Kids off Social Networking Sites

Irene Chen (University of Houston Downtown, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 5
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-492-5.ch011
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Abstract

In recent years Facebook, MySpace, and other social-networking sites have been blamed for the suicides of teenagers in Missouri, Massachusetts, and New York. Parents complained their children were traumatized by nasty comments posted by cyberbullies on social-networking sites. Schools and districts are taking action in response. According to a T H E Journal survey conducted in 2009, 68 percent of respondents replied that their districts banned social networking sites for students and teachers, 19 respondents replied that they banned social networking sites only for students, and another 12 percent said there was no ban in their districts. In the following case study, which is a true story based on a news report in the Sprint of 2010, a middle school principal calls for parents to yank their children from all social-networking sites after a so-called “Naughty List” was posted on Facebook. Is his extreme measure justifiable?

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