Written by Levi Elliot
The average teen spends about 7.5 hours a day on social media according to a Washington Post article. Whether they’re tweeting, posting, liking or vining, the modern generation uses the Internet to interact on a 24/7 basis. With such a high focus on social media coming from their students, it’s no surprise that some teachers have gotten into social media as well.
SHS is a technology-driven school and therefore it is not surprising that several of the faculty members have social media accounts that they allow students to follow them on. Faculty use these accounts to connect with students better. Some post information about the class, some post intriguing intellectual material and others simply make their posts in a foreign language so that students have to use their skills from class to translate it. However, having those accounts means that they must have guidelines to follow when they make their posts.
“I try to keep it class related,” said Mr. Bagwell, Social Studies teacher, about rules he has for himself while he runs one of the premier school twitter accounts. @ameristudies
“We know they (students and teachers) follow each other on Twitter and Instagram; we just ask that their tweets be professional and not questionable in anyway,” said Mrs. Kerri Hammons, Assistant Principal at HSTW, “It’s a great way to connect with students. It conveys a message that we are at least trying to communicate in an effective way with them.