I’ve always been concerned about children in school using Facebook and Bebo etc. At my previous school we had a few incidents of cyber-bullying via Bebo and MSN and the Head’s initial attitude was that as it happened out of school it wasn’t our problem – it was only when it spilled over into the playground that he decided to take it more seriously.
Now that I’m at an Independent school that goes up to Year 8 I have children who are old enough to sign up for Facebook and almost all of the year 8s already have accounts yet they have had no input into how to use it sensibly and constructively. All of the e-safety work they have done in the past has concentrated on the negatives and therefore made it seem a bit ‘naughty’ to use Facebook (Which it still is for under 13s I agree) but I’m beginning to think that maybe we should be modelling how to use Social Networking sites sensibly and show how they can be used positively. We’re a boarding school and many children have asked to use Facebook simply to keep in contact with family.
I’ve often thought about using Facebook or Bebo to set up pages for historical characters. This would allow the children to research those characters and find out more about them. WHo would be Henry VIII’s friends etc.
Whenever I’ve mentioned the idea through twitter I’ve had generally positive feedback but never been brave enough to go for it as I want to make sure I have everything covered and have thought of all the issues that parents might raise. What do people think? Please leave me a comment.