This article provides a perspective for parents of social networkers— http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/familydevelopment/00144.pdf
This website includes links to social media pages for actual libraries and library organizations under "best practices"—http://ipl.ci.fsu.edu/community/wiki/index.php/Social_Networking
1. "Teens are particularly drawn to social technology because it meets many of their socialization needs. Young people talk about being unique and different from others, but at the same time they seek affirmation from their friends...Young people want to be involved with the world beyond the local community...they want to feel part of what is happening in the world" (Lamb and Johnson, 2006, p. 55).
The above quote describes three needs of teenagers that social networking fulfills: the need to assert one's identity, the need to belong, and the need to be an active part of the world. Yet, teens are not the only or most prevalent users of various kinds of social media. Do you think these needs are unique to teens or more universal to all human beings? What other needs does social networking fulfill for teens and/or other demographics? If social networking does fulfill people's needs, does it do so in a different way than traditional kinds of socializing (i.e. talking face to face, on the phone, or at social gatherings)?
2. You must justify to your administrator(s) that the use of social media is beneficial in an educational setting. What is the most important, powerful, and demonstrable reason you can give them? Conversely if you disagree that it is beneficial, give the most important, powerful, and demonstrable reason against social media in an educational setting.
Lamb, Annette and Johnson, Larry. (2006). Would You be my Friend: What You Need to Know About Social Technologies. Teacher Librarian, 34(1), pp. 55-57. This article delves into the various reasons that social media attracts students and how educators and students can work together to use it more responsibly.