The Answer Sheet: Facebook


Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 11/07/2010

Why technology scares (some of) us -- and what to do about it

Do old wounds from school hinder the ability of many adults to deal with Facebook, Twitter, SCVNGR , foursquare, etc. A veteran teacher thinks so.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:23 PM ET, 11/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Technology, Technology | Tags:  baby boomers, facebook, foursquare, technology, twitter

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/19/2010

How billionaire donors harm public education

Today the foundation set up by billionaires Eli and Edythe Broad is giving $2 million to an urban school district that has pursued education reform that they like. On Friday a Florida teacher is going to run 50 miles to raise money so that he and his fellow teachers don’t have to spend their own money to buy paper and pencils, binders (1- and 2-inch), spiral notebooks, composition books, printer ink. Together the two events show the perverted way schools are funded.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  School turnarounds/reform, School turnarounds/reform | Tags:  bill gates, broad prize, charter schools, eli broad, facebook, mark zuckerberg, newark schools, school reform

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/08/2010

Poll: Kids say their friends share too much online

A new poll of teens and parents reveals that 92 percent of parents are concerned that their children share too much personal information online, and 79 percent of kids think their friends do too.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:21 PM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Research, Research | Tags:  apps, common sense media, contests on line, facebook, opt out buttons, opt-out, privacy, privacy online, privacy settings, social media

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Student: Do, kids, teachers on Facebook really want privacy?

A high school student writes about just how much privacy kids and teacher on Facebook really want.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:00 PM ET, 04/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Student Life, Student Life | Tags:  Facebook privacy, Facebook privacy changes, bishop mcnamara high school, teachers on facebook

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/25/2009

THE LIST: Readers Sound Off About Facebook

Seventeen-year-old Adam Turay was a guest on The Answer Sheet with a post on the intersection of kids and adults on Facebook. The Answer Sheet found Adam’s post delightful and funny though scores of adults who commented appeared to be less than enchanted. Here are some of The Sheet's favorite comments: 7) Sorry Kiddo. My generation built Friendster. My generation built the web browser. My generation owns most of the companies you love on the internet. And my kids want to use facebook too. Get in line, it’s ours, not yours. Posted by: bbcrock

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers | Tags:  facebook

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/24/2009

High School Senior Tells Adults: Get Off Facebook!

By Adam Turay: I was sitting on Facebook one afternoon looking through some new photos of my friend at a football game. The sequence of comments was fairly run-of-the-mill; there were some chummy remarks from his teammates, a few gushy sentiments from his girlfriend, and one excessively adulatory comment from ... HIS MOTHER? ... Though adults (and even teachers in some cases) want to maintain relationships with children, grandchildren etc., Facebook is definitely not the place to do so.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:00 AM ET, 09/24/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  Facebook, adults on Facebook, teachers