Well here we go with another exploration of new media in a school setting.
Wanting to take a little bit of control over what is said and posted under our school's name in the Facebook world I have set up an official Waimairi School Facebook page. Now the experiment begins.
Some thinking behind taking this action:
1. It is good to link our existing Twitter feeds to a wider audience, Facebook offers that.
2. For a long time I have worried about the large number of our children who have ignored the 13 year-old rule and set up a Facebook account. Often these accounts have no privacy setting activated and these kids are far too open with what they post and reveal. I am thinking a few of them will end up 'liking' the Waimairi page, thus offering a great chance for me to have a good solid cyber safety conversation about why the heck they are on Facebook (with them and their parents).
3. For a long time I have worried about staff with very open Facebook privacy settings. I am thinking a few of them will end up 'liking' the Waimairi page, thus offering a great chance for me to have a good solid cyber safety conversation about what they are showing the world.
4. It will be nice to engage parents, staff and ex-pupils in the vibrant life of the school.
So it is all about wonderful celebration and showcasing - and also pushing social networking accounts into a defined workplace arena which will stimulate considerable reflection on privacy and content. Been looking for an authentic context to teach cyber safety with children, parents and teachers think I have found one now (who wants the worst of their Facebook life hanging out for all to see and linked to their school's website?)
Drop in to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Waimairi-School/144088335612447 to see how it all unfolds.