Part One: Summary
This article was about the benefits of creating a Facebook page for teacher-to-parent communication. With technology constantly evolving, this is one website that has stayed constant throughout the last few years, and many teachers are taking advantage of it’s popularity. According to the article, 1.35 billion users are on Facebook, so wouldn’t it make sense to use this as a platform to keep parents involved with their children’s school days? The article does address privacy issues, for instance, if a parent does not want their child’s image on the page, and it does a wonderful job explaining the many ways to monitor who sees what.
Part Two: Questions and Answer
Q: Do I think schools should have Facebook pages?
A: Yes. If there are privacy regulations for the sake of students, parents and teachers, absolutely. This is an effective way to share information with parents without adding the hassle of them learning how to navigate another website used exclusively for school. Today, teachers have to balance not only the classroom routine, their personal life and their families, they also have a website to keep updated. By allowing them to relay the same information to parents on a Facebook page as they would a webpage, it eliminates one step out of the hectic process.
Q: What could go wrong? How do you curve those possibilities?
A: With any public website, especially with minors involved, privacy is a main concern. The cons to having this school-based website consist mainly of issues regarding privacy. Fortunately, Facebook privacy settings allow only certain people to view a webpage, much like our pbworks page. Parents would also have to sign consent forms permitting their children to be featured on the page, and the schools would also have to approve of such a website. The article mentioned that if a parent didn’t want their child in photos, their faces could be cropped or blurred out of the picture.
Another thing to consider would be professionalism. It is imperative that if a teacher were to set up a Facebook page for his/her classroom, they maintain a professional image. The best solution to this problem would be for the teacher to have two separate Facebook accounts, assuming they already have one. Having a classroom page linked to pictures of you drinking in your college days is never a good idea, so keeping the two aspects of your life separated would be in one’s best interest.