We recently ran what we hope will be the first of many workshops for parents on Digital Citizenship. In our workshop we focused on social media and most particularly Facebook. Recently we have had some incidents in our school of students creating facebook groups that fall in to the realm of cyberbullying and we wanted to highlight this to both parents and students as well as focus on the strengths and advantages of social media sites such as Facebook.
Our school does not block these sites, indeed we actively promote the use of social media, most particularly nings, wikis, and skype, but also flickr, youtube and facebook, and for the young ones, club penguin. In an international school environment where students have friends and family located all around the world it is vital for them to maintain these friendships and support networks, and social media provides the perfect medium for this.