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Teachers Struggle With Boundaries, Ban on Sites

SOCIAL NETWORKING—AUSTRALIA

March 4, 2011

A Sydney Morning Herald article explores the challenges that social networking and school bans on such sites have presented to teachers. One study found that 86 percent of Australian schools block Facebook and 57 percent block YouTube. The article states that widespread bans are in place because the debate is focused on misuse--inappropriate online relationships between students and teachers--but many think the bans are depriving students of valuable tools. One school headmaster said, ''Part of preparing students for life is training them about how to use social networking; a policy which inhibits or restricts social networking sites may work in the short term but will not help with equipping a student with the skills for life.''
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