New Jersey principal wants parents to ban social networking

A principal at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in New Jersey is asking parents to join a voluntary ban on social networks and text messaging according to WCBS News.

The principal sent out an email to parents in the district to get their kids off of social networks and watch their texting closely.

"Please do the following: sit down with your child (and they are just children still) and tell them that they are not allowed to be a member of any social networking site. Today!

"Let them know that you will at some point every week be checking their text messages online! You have the ability to do this through your cell phone provider.

"Let them know that you will be installing Parental Control Software so you can tell every place they have visited online, and everything they have instant messaged or written to a friend. Don't install it behind their back, but install it!"

"It is time for every single member of the BF Community to take a stand! There is absolutely no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site!

"Let me repeat that - there is absolutely, positively no reason for any middle school student to be a part of a social networking site! None.
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The principal blames cyber-bullying for his attitude. The guidance counselor in the district said that 75% of her day is spent dealing with problems brought on by the networks. So far of the 700 students in the district 20 of the students parents have responded.

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