The CIO of BVSD stated that the district “allows age-appropriate access to select social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Skype, Pinterest) at the MS/HS level.” However, none of these platforms allow users younger than 13 years old, while some require students to be older or have parent permission if they are under 18. Middle school includes students who are 11 and 12 years old. BVSD has given these underage students unsupervised access to set up social media accounts without parental consent or knowledge, including accounts in Snapchat. This week Snapchat introduced a new channel called Cosmo After Dark, “an X-rated weekly edition that goes live every Friday at 6 p.m.” This channel is accessible to anyone with a Snapchat account.
BVSD‘s social media policy demonstrates that it does not think parental consent is important or necessary. Clearly BVSD has forgotten that parents (not the district) are legally responsible for children until they are 18 years old. It‘s time for BVSD‘s technology policies to put parents back in charge of choosing what technology access is best for their children.