Gaming Thread, Edugeeks, what is your position or your LEAs position on adding students on PSN/Live in Fun Stuff; My LEA basically says no contact with students outside of school, I think the rule was originally designed for social ...
24th June 2011, 09:36 AM #1
Edugeeks, what is your position or your LEAs position on adding students on PSN/Live
My LEA basically says no contact with students outside of school, I think the rule was originally designed for social networking but I presume it extends to things like the PSN / Xbox Live as well. I just wondered if this was the same everywhere?
I run a gaming club at school and of course many of the students who attend play various COD/Halo games online and keep badgering me to add them so they can kick my ass (they wish ) which I have to keep explaining I can't do.
24th June 2011, 09:53 AM #2
We haven't had anything offical about social networking from our LEA in quite some time - maybe some kind of parents consent form would help here?
24th June 2011, 10:00 AM #3
Nothing official here, but the guideline is that we shouldn't add pupils to any social networking or gaming site site we are on. The possibilities for problems are endless and doing so simply opens you up to unnecessary risk.
I would never talk with a pupil on an online game outside a school activity, or on any social network.
24th June 2011, 10:04 AM #4
tbh, i wouldn't want to add students to my xbox live gamertag as I use my xbox to get away from work and computers and have fun. I wouldn't want kids from the workplace adding me and badgering me to play cod/halo with them. If like they say its just to have a go at beating you (although they never would ) i would get a console in on one of your club days and show them how its done that way. if you havent already done so that is.
As for social networking thats completely personal and would not want kids and most staff looking at what i do in my spare time and see me on pictures that maybe there.
24th June 2011, 10:11 AM #5
The answer is simply. Don't.
24th June 2011, 10:12 AM #6
My thoughts on this? Never
Don't add them as you can be opening yourself up for all kinds of trouble - while we all know that the annoying player running around with a shotgun going 'lol' is likely to be a 14 year old, we don't actually know who they are. The second you put a face to the online username, that goes out ot the window.
All it takes is a 'holier than thou' parent to hear of this and you could be staring down some fairly hefty allegations.
24th June 2011, 10:13 AM #7
Don't do it. All it takes is for one of the little darlings to get peed off that you've kicked their ass amd get their own back by making false accusations.
24th June 2011, 10:22 AM #8
Dont do it!!
Think of it this way. im sure no one has ever been in trouble for not 'networking' with students outside of school.
24th June 2011, 10:31 AM #9
It opens you up to too many accusations. Don't think about it in terms of "what could go wrong", think about it as "how would this look if I had to defend myself against an accusation". Any contact outside school could easily be interpreted in a negative light.
24th June 2011, 11:45 AM #10
my rule of thumb is not to add them untill they have left the school and are over 18
24th June 2011, 11:47 AM #11
Member of staff here was suspended a while back for that exact reason, so definitely don't do it.
24th June 2011, 12:44 PM #12
The rule of thumb is that you should avoid having any avenue of communication with a student that cannot be monitored by the school/LA. If you add them on Facebook, PSN, or any other gaming network or forum that allows private messaging, then that avenue exists and the oversight is gone. You are then in a very tricky situation if an accusation is made.
Most importantly though, you follow whatever policy the school/LA puts down, even if it goes beyond this. If an accusation is made and you have ignored school policy, you've lost a key defence.
24th June 2011, 01:46 PM #13
Hell No. For the above reasons.
There's enough whiny kids on PSN/Live/Steam/Whatever without actually encouraging communication.
Besides, they'd only get their exercise books wet from the crying after I explode their shiny new Tengu in WH space.
24th June 2011, 03:02 PM #14
yeah... don't add students.
24th June 2011, 03:23 PM #15
I think it has just about been covered but for what it's worth .. DON'T DO IT!!
If once they have left school and they are no longer in full-time education and over 18 then yes, maybe consider it, but even then it could still be dodgy ground ..
If your LEA says no to social networking this will most likely extend to gaming consoles and such as with the gamer tags, you are networking socially, allbeit to kick someones ass on $favourite-game-for-kicking-ass, but it's still a social event.
Best to steer clear and (like has been muted) if they really want to take a beating on the game, do it in school as part of the gamers club, obviously making sure whilst at it that your not promoting the use of age restricted games for underaged players etc etc ..
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