To facebook or not to facebook; that’s the question

Posted on October 23, 2011

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Facebook has been around for almost nine years, but didn’t become popular until 2006. Now, everyone and their mother has one. Recently Facebook has become an issue in schools, especially at Croatan.

“We see the times that things are posted online — 2:30 in the morning, 1:30 in the morning,” says Anthony Orsini, principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School. “Students are supposed to be asleep at that time.”

Teens are going to stay up all night regardless. From experience, most teens are up all night due to homework. If it’s not Facebook, there will be something else keeping them awake.

Michael Smith, a school principal, says that the challenge isn’t with students and Facebook; it’s with rumors and Facebook. Teens and rumors are like girls and purses. We don’t need one, but we’re still going to have it.

Many administrators are not only denouncing the use of Facebook at home, but also in schools. The use of Facebook in schools could result in students losing their internet privileges. Also, teachers complain that it is a huge distraction in class. However, they don’t realize how beneficial it can be.

Facebook is a great way for schools to make announcements to parents and students. It’s also a great way to attract more students and qualified teachers. It supports over 882 colleges including community colleges in the U.S.

“I think in the right setting it’s okay,” says Mrs. Perry, the Media Coordinator. “Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem with it, before school, after school, during lunch, when it’s their time, but I’m still going to follow the rules.”

Reported By Gabrielle Hill

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Posted in: Opinion