Social Time Needs Good Social Media Policy

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John Glenn

While some summer camps deliberately have kids unplug, many programs — like this one at VOX Media Cafe in Atlanta — use technologies as hands-on learning tools. With 75 percent of teens accessing the Internet with their cellphones, developing a technology policy for summer programs is a must.

Wherever kids go today, social media goes, too. In fact, in a recent study by Common Sense Media, 41 percent of teens called themselves “addicted” to their mobile devices.

Whether kids actually bring cellphones or other devices to an activity, they will be texting or communicating about it online. And, likely, the adults involved in the program also text and use social media, too, since 74 percent of all adults who use the Internet go to social networking sites, according to the Pew Research Center.

Given the propensity to use technologies at — and relating to — youth programs, what guidelines should . . .

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