When Should Students Start Using Facebook?

When you talk about #edtech, Facebook is inevitably going to come up in the discussion. The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes, and a quick look back shows that we’ve talked about Facebook a lot in the past here at Edudemic. If you type ‘Facebook’ into the search engine of Edudemic.com, you’ll find that we talk about Facebook in so many different ways about using social media in the classroom. Because that’s what we do in the 21st century, right?

It’s worth taking a look at whether or not using Facebook is appropriate for the age group you’re working with. Maybe your school or district has decided for you, but if not, there’s a lot to consider when deciding if you’re going to employ Facebook as a part of your classroom. Take a look at the infographic below to see what some of the current thought patterns from parents are students are. Questionable? Try making Fakebook pages in your lesson plans instead!

facebook infographic

1 Comment

  1. Stephen

    January 13, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Outside the classroom seems to me to be the biggest challenge in terms of responsible use. My 13 year old and I now have an additional potential conflict point… Facebook. He’s a great kid – very responsible and I’m not concerned about misbehaviour. It’s the distraction it creates and the almost habit forming nature of it that concerns me most… such a time waste that is now competing with study, physical training and play and real time with friends and family. I am hoping we will manage through it as a phase… for now it’s a real issue. Time will tell if he gets ‘over it’ and self-recognises the futility of a lot of what he is engaged in as a Facebook devotee.