Should Facebook Be Taught in School?

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Really enjoyed Fifth Period Is Facebook: Why schools should stop blocking social network sites by over on Slate.com.

What do you think? Should Facebook be taught in the classroom?

In his essay, Bramble argues that schools should consider integrating social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace into classroom learning rather than banning their use on campus.

It's kind of the age-old argument here: Is it better to outright ban popular but possibly detrimental trends and crazes or educate our teens about them so they can make more informed, and hopefully smarter, decisions?

Should we be glad teenagers are reading the Twilight series because hey, they're reading. Or should we ban the books because of their dark and mildly lustful themes? Should we teach teens to "just say no" or educate them on the adverse effects of using drugs and alcohol. Should we promote abstinence and/or offer sex education?

Personally, I advocate for education above banning (or ignoring) in most all of these scenarios. After all, just because you "ban" something like Facebook from the schools, it doesn't mean kids aren't using them at home, friends' houses, or on their cell phones between the lockers. In my high school, some of the meanest stuff went on right out in the open of our school newspaper. That doesn't mean the kids on the newspaper staff didn't benefit from the journalism class. It doesn't mean school newspapers should be banned. It does mean guidance might need to be taken up a notch.

I tend to think it's better to bring fads and crazes out into the light. Isn't it better to know what our kids are doing than to turn the other cheek and hope no one is getting hurt? When it comes to social media sites like Facebook, which can be used as tools for positive learning experiences (Bramble offers some great ideas for bringing social networking into the classroom), isn't it better to provide guidance toward healthy, constructive interactions? After all, the Internet isn't going anywhere. It's here to stay.

Of course, with our public schools in such a financial bind right now, it'll probably be near impossible to introduce social media studies right now. However, if there's a creative middle school or high school teacher out there with great ideas for putting a positive spin on the world of Facebook and MySpace, then I'm definitely open to the idea.

What do you think? Should we integrate Facebook and other social networking media into classroom teaching or keep it far, far away from our schools?

 

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rebec... rebecca_tal4

kids should be taught how to protect themselves so abstinence AND protection should be promoted in schools.


reading books? fine. who cares what it is as long as they are READING.


as far as i'm concerned i learned to read, write and count in school, and absolutely NOTHING else. i wasn't taught how to manage money and credit, how to buy a car or home, how to raise my kids.


these sights need to be kept far from the schools and we need to focus on teaching our children how to succeed in real LIFE  and not the virtual one.

Wanna... WannabeMommy87

The problem that I have with rebecca's answer is the fact that she believes life & the internet are not connected, when in fact they are. Millions of jobs out there depend on the knowledge to use & operate not only a computer, but most of the internet functions as well. My mother is screwed now that she is looking for a job in her early 50's because she doesn't qualify (or understand) that majority of it. Even I have been denied job after job because of my lack of computer & internet skills & understanding (& yes, that has INCLUDED social networking). Real life these days is mostly digital & virtual. School, work, etc. I definitely think it should be something taught, especially if these kids want jobs that don't include flipping a burger in their future (which by then THOSE jobs might even require it...hell, our local McDonalds requires graduation from COLLEGE!)

rebec... rebecca_tal4

my 6yr old kindergartner has computers in his classroom, he and his classmates use them several times a week. he also uses ours at home along with his four year old sister.


learning how to use a pc and the internet is fine by me but i don't want my kids using FB and MS at school.

hotma... hotmama846

Facebook is not for kids in school and I don't know where they come up with that. I think kids should forcus on there school work and not the interenet.

vanes... vanessa18

Social media is now quite often become the latest buzz around the town a‭ ‬dozen‭ ‬of social networking and media sites were catering the youths and pampering them as they were there brand ambassadors as per some listed in‭ ‬dozenmedia.com and recently figure it out some high profile celebs were get dived in the ocean of networking too, indeed some sharp brains smartly call it knowledge sharing but not worthy enough on stake of the privacy.

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