CCSD considering new policy on social media in schools
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Two Lied Middle School teachers are under arrest for sexual misconduct with students.
Police said both used social media to connect with their victims.
Parents and students are now more concerned than ever about online safety, stirring debate on how best to deal with it.
One parent said it needs to be monitored and parents need to be more involved. One student said it should only be allowed if it's for school, otherwise, no.
A policy change regarding the use of social media is already underway for the Clark County School District.
School District Public Information Specialist Penny Ramos-Bennett said social media, "Makes it very easy and accessible to communicate regardless if that is appropriate or inappropriate."
One consideration is to have parents opt in so they can monitor what sites their child is using to interact with teachers.
"Even though these were isolated incidents, we wanted to make sure to keep our student population safe and provide options so they can continue along their instruction," said Ramos-Bennett.
The school district already has a monitored Facebook-like site called EDMODO. It allows students and teachers to communicate online but only about school-related subject matter.
Some said this is all the district should allow.
Terri Miller is the president of S.E.S.A.M.E., Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct and Exploitation. She said monitored 24/7 access will be a more effective way to deal with online predators, "I think they need to adopt a policy that says zero social connection and zero cell phone connection to students."
The district said they will present a proposal to the school board before the end of the school year.