Jen Hegna from Byron MN and I will be doing a breakout session on the appropriate use of social and educational networking sites at our state conference coming up in a couple weeks. Some scenarios to start a discussion are in order.
For each of the situations below,
- Discuss the possible ethical issues of the situation.
- Determine if the safety or well-being of anyone is at stake.
- What advice, strategy or policy would you recommend to individuals or schools based on this scenario.
- Share any real-life incidents related to the scenario.
Social Networking Scenario 1: Mr. Blake and Jennifer
High school social studies teacher Mr. Blake has been adding students as friends to his Facebook page, using the forum to answer questions and guiding classroom related discussions. Lately some students have begun asking personal questions about relationships and life choices. Jennifer's mother, who monitors Jennifer's Facebook page, feels uncomfortable about this and brings it to the attention of the principal.
Social Networking Scenario 2: Ms Olson's Camping Trip
Sixth grade teacher Ms Olson posted pictures of the camping trip she and her husband took to the Boundry Waters last summer on her Facebook page. In one of the photos, she is smoking what looks suspiciously like a marijuana cigarette. One of her students finds the photos and shows her friends.
Social Networking Scenario 3: Juan and Philip trade insults
The HHH Middle School is using GoogleDocs as a writing tool and as a means to do peer reviewing. Juan and Philip have used the platform to exchange messages that involve name calling and racial slurs. Philp's parents object when his account is suspended for two weeks, beleiving it will hurt is academic progress.
Social Networking Scenario 4: The social networking ban
After hearing a presentation at a conference, high school principal Miller has banned all "Web 2.0" tools including Facebook, Skype, YouTube, wikis, blogs and Flickr. A number of teachers and many students are upset with this decision but Mr. Miller cites CIPA as a legal reason for blocking the sites.
Social Networking Scenario 5: The blog about blobs
PE teacher Teng has created a widely read blog about teaching elementary physical education and health. In one post, he describes (but does not name) several students and teachers he sees as having poor eating habits that contribute to then having an unhealthy BMI score. One teacher thinks he is writing about her and brings the post to the attention of the principal.
Happy to hear suggestions for other "social networking" scenarios worthy of discussion.