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22 Feb 2017

A Good Morning Britain investigation has found a 61% rise in inappropriate contact between pupils and teachers online.

The investigation discovered how Shiplake College in Oxfordshire use Smoothwall to protect their students online and discourage online contact with teachers, with communication only acceptable via email.

The use of mobile phones in the school is also prohibited. However, other educational establishments such as Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough choose to let their students use mobile phone devices in the classroom, with students openly able to access social media channels and contact teachers in and out of school hours.

With school’s outlining very different attitudes towards the acceptable use of social media in the classroom, we’re asking who do you agree with? Do you think it's acceptable for students to contact teachers outside of the classroom? 

Is social media putting children at risk, or could it be the future of learning and communication in schools?

How does using Smoothwall help to protect your students? Let us know what you think by leaving your comments below.    

Source: ITV's Good Morning Britain

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