BBC Breakfast – social media and schools
I went on to BBC Breakfast’s famous red couch a while back having been invited on to the programme to comment and advise on the use of social media by schools and attitudes of parents to the subject more widely.
The context for the piece was the question of whether or not a primary head teacher of a school had done the right thing by sending home a letter essentially telling them not to let their children go on Facebook, they were too young etc.
When Bill Turnbull asked whether the school had done the right thing I essentially said yes – for that school it was the right thing. Not knowing or understanding the school’s context and history only the Head himself could say, on reflection, anything else. Every school is different and that includes it’s community; having worked with as many schools as I have over the years there’s no doubt about that. We do know now that done right, even Ofsted inspectors see huge value in our parental engagement approach.
Viewers’ comments on the BBC Breakfast programme Facebook thread on the day show that there is no one single view when it comes down to it. Parents do share the same essential views on safety but not necessarily the same view on what should be done and how to ensure it.
Seeking to assign blame is a waste of energy
It’s a fruitless route to play the blame game in my opinion. It’s just where we’re at in our evolution; ‘learning’ how to use tools for which there are no real rules; only arbitrary age limits and everyone’s common sense.
What options are there then for young people, parents, teachers and companies on the best use of social media platforms linked to education?
- raise age limits for access?
- increase reporting tools to expedite action?
- boycott social platforms?
- boycott technology like phones, tablets etc?
- enforce tough technology filters for home access?
- enforce and introduce new legislation?
- or support, educate and make users part of the solution?
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Video Upload (max 2 mins)Talk about & show how social media has been a vehicle for positive change in your community reflecting what you have learned with experience.
Share some highlights of where connection, promotion & engagement via social media have happened.
Include soundbites from people involved in your Social Team that support your goals.
Share soundbites from parents, teachers, SLT & others if possible talking about examples e.g. impact upon community cohesion, savings, process improvement, take-up of opportunities to support your school
Include screenshots of any memorable social media interactions your school has had with annotations to explain the context and value to your school.
Document UploadInclude extracts of documents relating to how the school uses social media e.g extracts from your policy and appendices.
Include guidance of how school deals with more challenging social interactions e.g. show that school has a willingness to engage with negative as well as positive interactions as appropriate to the context.