Tag Archives: School Policy

New Zealand Primary Bans Mobile Phones

Mobile Phones

A New Zealand Primary School has banned students from bringing mobile phones to school after an incident involving a student bring an older siblings phone to school with a sexually explicit South Park clip on it.
Students who were shown the clip were upset enough to report it. The school promptly dealt with the parties involved.
Now students will be asked to turn in their mobiles at the start of the school day and have them returned at going home time.
How are you dealing with this in your schools?
Original article: South Park Video Spark Primary School Cellphone… | Stuff.co.nz.

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Social Media Guidelines for Schools

The Internet in 60 seconds

One of the schools I work with wanted to change that direction [of cutting off the Internet at the gate]. They knew that social media was a bigger part of their students’ lives, and that there were endless possibilities for personalizing their teachers’ professional development. And they knew it was important to teach students (and faculty) how to live in this age of hyperconnectivity. I partnered with their Technology Facilitator Sam Walker and Melissa Edwards, a fellow District Instructional Technologist, to create an environment that embraced the use of social networking and social media, but also taught students how to live in that world.
Full article: Social Media Guidelines | Edutopia.