Ohio Schools Look for Solutions to Challenges of New Technology

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Back in the good ol' days when a cellphone could only call and text, defining on and off school grounds was as simple as drawing a line.

But now, in the age of smartphones and Facebook, school districts are struggling with how to address use of these technologies.

This year, school districts are rewriting policies to comply with two new rules. The first is the Jessica Logan Act, signed into law in February, which requires school districts to address cyberbullying.

The second is a Federal Communications Commission regulation that requires any school getting federal technology funding to educate students on online identity and education.

These two new rules, plus a growing reliance on social media for communication and organization, is causing school districts to rethink their policies.

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