Articles: Cyber


When Google+ was announced in late June, it began in a field trial to determine its place in social networking.


As districts across the country debate the boundaries of social media in the class room, Missouri took an unprecedented step by passing the first statewide law banning teachers from individual communication with their students on social networks.

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To the more than 600 million members of Facebook and the expanding legions of Twitter users, you can add a growing number of schools and districts.


Among the many challenges facing district leaders, student safety can be particularly difficult as new technologies allow for instant and constant communication.


Online social networking includes much more than Facebook and Twitter. It is any online use of technology to connect people, enable them to collaborate with each other, and form virtual communities, says the Young Adult Library Services Association.


The suicide of the 10th-grader sent shock waves through the middle school, but after a few months, almost all students and staff had moved on.


Most of us are familiar with the damaging consequences of computer viruses such as freezing worms and Trojan horses. Another set of devious hacking forces, however, known as botnets, have caused districts to re-evaluate their online security measures.


Karl Springer, superintendent of the Oklahoma City Public School District, recently found himself answering tough questions in the heavy glare of the media spotlight. The issue? Student bullying.


Going back to school means something completely different to today’s IT administrators.


Among the many effects of the U.S. economic crisis is one that may not immediately come to mind: an increase in computer virus attacks.