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One mom’s story

I’ll never forget the day I got a call from Central Office. “We need you to come in and talk to us about a social media issue.”

I didn’t know what they were talking about. My then 17-year-old was very social media savvy, having been actively engaged in running social media accounts since she was 13. I was scared, and concerned.

It turned out she had done nothing, but a teacher had tagged her in an inappropriate photo. That was upsetting, but it wasn’t the most upsetting thing I found out that day.

I was flabbergasted to find that the school had no social media policy.

They had no way to trace inappropriate activity.

They had no rules for student-teacher social media connections.

They had no repercussions for such behavior.

This is a problem. In a world where nearly everyone is on social media, policy, with clear expectations and repercussions, isn’t optional.

As I delved deeper into the issue, I realized people do not have the same idea of what constitutes inappropriate social media activity.

Does your tween use social media? While different kids are different, many experts agree that social media isn’t the best outlet for middle schoolers, for a number of reasons. This Psychology Today editorial helps explain why so many experts say NO to middle school social media.

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