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A new study says schools should rethink rules preventing students from using social networking Web sites and instead consider employing the sites as educational tools. The National School Boards Association released a report this week concluding that accounts of cyberbullying, cyberstalking, and unwelcome encounters through the Internet are more limited than is commonly assumed and that students often use social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook for educational purposes. The study, sponsored in part by MySpace owner News Corp., Microsoft, and Verizon, suggests that school districts explore ways to integrate social networking sites into schoolwork.

Of the 1,200 students surveyed, 96 percent with Internet access said they use social networking programs. More than half of those students said they used social networking sites to discuss education topics and schoolwork. Although 52 percent of school districts prohibit accessing social networking sites during the school day, many students and educators use them to converse with peers or complete collaborative projects, according to the NSBA study.

Nearly half of the 250 district leaders surveyed said they saw the positive aspects of social networking sites, but were skeptical about their educational prospects. "Many schools initially banned or restricted Internet use, only to ease up when the educational value of the Internet became clear,” The study notes. “The same is likely to be the case with social networking,”

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Our store blog has daily lesson plans and links tied to our state frameworks, yet a lot of the local schools block it because it is a blog. I'm glad to see that this outmoded idea is on its way out.

I am glad we have real information as opposed to the news focus on the predators. We need to teach children to become vigilant but we shouldn't deny them access because we failed to teach them to becareful.

Teaching vigilance should be a top priority, and school administrators should be on the same page with students. It's plain the kids are way ahead of most educators.

I've been trying to advocate the positive impact this site could have for educators for the past two years! Finally I have research to back up my claim. Education in America today needs to think outside the box and explore new ways to reach our students, and since they are already using this site for purposes postive to our concerns, it only makes sense to fully exploit all the possibilities this technology offers.

banning or limiting the use of Social networking sites somehow shows inconsistency of the policies of the school. Yes it may be reasonable to ban SNS is a student used it to cheat on his exam. but if a student used a paper to cheat instead, will the school ban the paper?

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