Schools weigh value and potential pitfalls of social-networking sites

Schools weigh value and potential pitfalls of social-networking sites

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Since July, patrons in the Granite School District have been able to give the District feedback via Facebook.

It's one of the benefits people like Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley see in social media. "There's an audience out there," said Horsley. "One thing a regular web page lacks is, unless you have a blog or some other type of feature, is to get some actual feedback."

He went on to say, "Sometimes it's not pretty, but it's important and it's dialogue."

The district has long been using Twitter as a tool to alert media and others to events or to make certain announcements. Horsley envisions both sites eventually being used by individual schools, but it's likely to stop with teachers.

"There are a lot of issues there, potential issues of abuse, and we're certainly leery of those potential abuses," Horsley said. "A lot of our teachers already have Facebook pages, and I think that they're probably leery of getting that information out there as well just because, you know, they do have their individual lives."


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