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Safe Social Network for Teachers & Students

Safe Social Network for Teachers & Students

Here is another great opportunity from our friends at Yoursphere – a way for teachers and students to use Social Networking properly. They’ve developed a program for educators to use that is safe and monitored. Here’s an excerpt from their latest blog:

“As a parent, inappropriate online behavior between your child and their teacher shouldn’t even be something that crosses your mind. Unfortunately, in today’s world, parents can’t afford to be ignorant to the reality of online misconduct. Issues like sexting and online sexual solicitation have extended past child-to-child or teen-to-teen interaction, and into more unexpected territories, like mayor-to-teen or, in this case, teacher-to-student.  

To help put the problem into perspective, take the recent situation in Virginia. It was reported that in the past 10 years, 120 teachers in Virginia have lost their teaching license due to online sexual misconduct with students. Now the state’s Board of Education is looking to put a strict limit on electronic communication between teacher and student.”

“Because we’ve modeled Yoursphere after the real world, where teacher-student interaction is public and appropriate, it only made sense to develop functionality that would embody that same philosophy. So we put our heads together and developed our School and Class Sphere Program. This program gives educators and youth leaders an online class/group inside Yoursphere where they can network with their students in a publically-viewable sphere created just for their students. This means that a student can join their school or class sphere and the teacher is limited in their participation. While students have full-site privileges, the teachers’ role is specific to the posting of public content: homework assignments, announcements, class projects, pictures and videos. Teachers don’t have profiles, nor can they traverse the site or ‘friend students’, and we’ve taken away the ability of private messages between teachers and their students as past cases have proven that this is one of the main conduits for inappropriate communication.

You can read all of the details, and sign up, here.”

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