The ethical dilemmas of social networking sites in classroom contexts

Glenn Auld, Michael Henderson

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This chapter explores five ethical dilemmas associated with using Social Networking Sites (SNS) in classrooms. First, do we have the right to colonize or marginalize students’ out of school social networking practices in the classroom? Second, should we access students’ out of classroom virtual identities from their SNS in a classroom context? Third, should we be engaging students’ social networking in public performances of the curriculum? Fourth, are we prepared for recognising and responding to illicit activity in SNS? Fifth, do teachers understand the implications of exposing their out of school identities to their students who inhabit the same social network? The authors do not dispute that SNS in the classroom can be a rich site for learning, but they argue that the concept of ethics as a process of analyzing and respecting the other is essential if we are to responsibly engage with SNS in the classroom.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Social Classroom
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Social Network Use in Education
EditorsGorg Mallia
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherInformation Science Reference
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781466649057
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Auld, G., & Henderson, M. (2014). The ethical dilemmas of social networking sites in classroom contexts. In G. Mallia (Ed.), The Social Classroom: Integrating Social Network Use in Education (pp. 192-207). Information Science Reference.