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Facebook and Schools - Do you have a separate account?

Facebook and Schools - Do you have a separate account?

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A teacher posted this to our Facebook page and I thought our community might have some answers.

Does anyone have a Facebook page for themselves in a school context? If so, did you ask the school or just go for it? Why do you have one? Do pupils use it properly and if not, how do you tackle it? Just wondering if this is a good idea.

What do you all think? Thanks in advance for your help!

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Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

I don't have a separate account- but I teach grown-ups. :-) I *do* have a separate list for my work contacts though- a limited profile that only shares designated updates with that group. I also have a Page that I set up for my office. There's no policy that I know of at my University, though.

Over the last 3-4 years I've come to believe that I shouldn't be posting anything on the internet that I wouldn't want plastered on the front page of the newspaper. If it would make my grandmother uncomfortable, I don't post it! Seems like the safest thing to do.

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I agree with Laura, I have 2 separate accounts. One for personal use and one for grad school use, per recommendation from the teacher. On my personal account I never post anything that would is questionable. If I wouldn't want my Principal, a parent or my family to see something I should not be posting it.

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