I find myself having constant discussions with clients regarding the restriction levels of social media within schools and in the end ask the same question – is it blocked or allowed?
Levels of restrictions vary across secondary and FE schools in particular, with some FE’s fully allowing their students access to social media, whilst the majority of secondary’s take more of a lock down approach, with slight leniency towards allowing YouTube for students.
In every meeting I try to encourage schools to think about social media in a different light and not just about the risks associated with it. If we don’t allow students to access social media in a secure environment and in a controlled manner what will they do? It’s quite simple, they will revert to their 4G network on their own devices and access the web there, without their activity being appropriately monitored.