Should educators and students “friend” each other online?

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This symposium is coming to Atlantic City!

Dr. Sameer Hinduja: Not at all. “Online communication tends to lead to candid sharing of world views and self-disclosure…Then you think of a teenager on a very vulnerable, lonely night, dropping you a message; and (the educator) wanting to encourage them, it could be read the wrong way…In this sort of society, we’ve got to be all about propriety…

Dr. Justin Patchin:  Maybe.  “The key in any environment to the way teachers interact with students is boundaries…If you have a social networking page that is completely professional — where you separate out your friends from your students — then I think it’s completely appropriate.  But it’s all about boundaries.  To assume that teachers are automatically going to be crossing those boundaries is unfair, I think, to most teachers…

Dr. Hinduja and Dr. Patchin are co-directors of the Cyberbullying Research Center, and Dr. Hinduja will be a featured presenter at the Northeast Symposium on Social Media in Schools.  This two-day symposium will provide critical information for technology professionals, principals, teachers, counselors and other educators on topics such as:

  • Walking the legal tightrope between avoiding liability and violating First Amendment rights
  • Recognized and minimizing the negative psychological impact of social media use and abuse
  • Understanding the implications of the latest research into the dynamics and effects of cyberbullying and social media abuse
  • Preventive tools and strategies to help students and educators avoid the lasting pain of cyberbullying and the misuse of technology.

This strategy-packed two-day symposium will feature recognized experts including Charles P.E. Leitch, Esq. (Legal), Dr. Chamarlyn Fairley (Psychological), Dr. Sameer Hinduja (Cyber Research) and Richard Guerry (Prevention Strategies).  It will also provide recommended approaches, strategies and activities that will help to update your understanding of the ever-changing social media and cyberbullying world and best practices for prevention and intervention.


School Response to Student Misuse of Social Media and the Law: What Works, What Doesn’t and WHY
– Charles P.E. Leitch, Esq.

What is Really Happening to the Facebook Generation? The Psychological Ramifications of Social Media, Digital Relationships and Cyberbullying on Students 
– Dr. Chamarlyn Fairley

School Climate 2.0: Preventing Cyberbullying, Sexting, and Unsafe Social Networking One Classroom at a Time
– Dr. Sameer Hinduja

Public & Permanent: Establishing a New Digital Consciousness™ Throughout Your School
– Richard Guerry

(By 9/30/12)
(By 10/23/12)
Individual $250 $275 $295
3+ Attendees $220 $245 $265

To register online with a purchase order, click here.


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