What are the elements, which could prevent the effect on the platform from being exposed to the media?
This was the question I had asked our students to think before the platform was launched. I showed the publication policy made by Mitch, Gary, Hiromi and Joy last school year as a part of the course 2 assignment.
Password protected or not
For our students this was not a surprising reminder, which had been taught to them already. They did not know the term ‘digital footprinting’, yet they know the concept of it. One of the students referred the risk to an analogy to tattoo, which had been discussed with her parents at home.
They paid their attentions to how things online would affect their lives continuously as any posts or comments on the social network stay permanently. They think that only the first name should be stated in the comments, and the password and the username to log in could be good for that protective purpose, although one of students suggested it should be working without any username and password otherwise the platform could not make itself global enough to be connected to outside of this community since it won’t be searchable via google.
How far should it be accessible via search engine? Kirsten showed me how to set up the weebly website accessible enough for viewers to reach via search engine. Is this necessary set-up in our case? In order to make the platform as authentic as possible, we want it to be passed on to someone, whom users know/trust. Then hopefully we could expect qualitative responses and comments.
Under the age of 13(Conditional offer)
On the last Friday, as I happened to know through my colleague, whose students have been participating in setting up the platform via Weebly that students under the age of 13 are not actually allowed to create a blog by the use of Weebly account by themselves according to Weebly.com. This is a quite shocking fact to me, and as I read the term/condition,
Individuals under the age of 13 are prohibited from creating or using accounts through Weebly.com. Students under the age of 13 may, however, use Weebly through special student accounts created by their teachers through education.weebly.com, provided the teacher has obtained signed parental consent from the student’s parents.
I think most of the social network systems always pay attentions to the worst scenario in the case that there should be any problems caused and it is also interesting for me to find out from students, with whom I have been working that they seem to have already got their own social networks of accounts outside of this school community. Yes there are tons of students under the age13 , who enjoy social communication with their friends, who live outside of this world.
It is very natural for them to have friends overseas, which is nothing special since they go to an international school, where many people all around the world get together to learn. Some of them stay in Japan a few years and leave this country all of a sudden. An international school is the physical miniature of a social network around the world.
Your own school regulations
If you are working at school, your school has its own regulations/policies you/students need to follow. The hardest part of launching a project, which even seems to be good for students is that teachers/students need to get an approval of whatever you do or develop from admins. You have to be very aware of things you can do and things you cannot do within such an organization. If there are no regulations/policies at all, upon which no responsibilities are taken, it would be easier for initiators to meet the project’s desire than you think. However vendors/schools/organizations need to be concerned with their regulations , rules and policies, which would be relevant to their philosophy or national laws. This is the dilemma every one of us experiences. How could it be challenged by students?
‘Terms of service‘ by Weebly.com on the 28th of October, 2012