I'm still trying to explore ways in which web 2.0 tools can be used to mentor students. A new thought would be to have small groups that are assigned to a mentor who monitors the discussion. Norms would be developed within the group as part of a first lesson. Students (and adults) need guidance in using social networking tools so we would begin with a lesson on digital citizenship and discuss things like checking in once a day instead of being "on" constantly. There would also be limits on innapproriate communication and times for communicating. For example, communication could be limited to school hours and up to 6:00 in the evening only. Part of the discussion could be about cyber bullying and connection addictions. I'm not sure exactly where I'm going with all this but I do know that kids need more mentors. We need to find ways for kids to make meaningful connections and be a part of the cyber world in a safe and productive way. I welcome any comments or ideas!

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