THE BLOG
04/04/2011 02:49 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2011

School Administrators Need to Limit Access. Huh?

At the District Administration Magazine conference this week in Phoenix (yes, I said Phoenix), there was a discussion on social media and its use in schools.

I'm never shocked when school administrators talk about limiting access for students (I'm not happy, but not shocked).

I was surprised when several superintendents talked about why they don't personally use it.

Their reason? They don't want to give parents and community members any more access to school business than they already have.

Huh?

Color me dumbfounded. And tan (yes, I said Phoenix).

I assumed everyone knew it was 2011 (although I know what happens when I assume).

Everything is accessible.

The world's a big place and it's getting smaller.

Parents are demanding schools be more open. They want to know and see what their children (and teachers) are doing. They want information, and they want it immediately.

If you don't believe me, Google it.

Our lives are no longer just our lives.

People have access to us whether we like it or not.

I think we have two choices: use and understand social media or stick our head in the sand and hope it goes away.

And I'm pretty sure it's not going away.

If you don't believe me, Google it.

Just so you know, I'm typing this on my resort balcony. Sure it sounds fun, but there is a slight glare on my computer screen as I enjoy the 94 degree sunshine. And if that wasn't enough, the ice cubes in my drink are melting ever so slightly.

It's not easy being me.

Email Michael Smith at micsmith@principalspage.com