The Longmeadow School Committee led by member Michael Clark is working to create a new social media and networking policy for both students and teachers- one that better reflects the changes that are happening today in our rapidly changing world. The SC recognizes the need for a more updated policy given the introduction of more advanced computer technology and resources for our students.
Last Wednesday, November 30 a public forum was held at Longmeadow HS to discuss the directions of this new policy and to obtain feedback by parents and others.
As you will see in the video below (another huge thank you to LCTV for sharing it) there are many strong opinions on both sides of this issue. The issue feels alot like the early discussions regarding the inclusion of sex education in our school curriculum. At this public forum some objections were voiced against any inclusion of any social media as part of the classroom... particularly with regard to the use of Facebook. There was also strong support for educating our children (as well as parents) about the use of all social media and the need for watching your online digital identity. Development of a new comprehensive social media policy will not be easy.
Feedback can be sent directly to Michael Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.