Help me save ELGG at a public high school!

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    Steve Maher

    I am the History Department chair at a public high school in New Jersey
    who needs some assistance in regards to policy
    considerations when an academic institution runs ELGG. If I can’t find an answer soon we will lose our new ELGG.

    Our administration is concerned that students can create communities
    and exchange materials privately, away from the scrutiny of even the
    network administrator. We are not up against a team of entrenched
    stone-age recalcitrants, but rather a fear of being in court trying to
    explain how the school created an environment for children that cannot
    be supervised. We all know they will still conspire through Facebook,
    Myspace and even by texting, nonetheless the concern remains. Even
    though we cannot police every conversation in every hallway and
    cafeteria, this is more akin to allowing kids to create a room and lock
    everyone out of it.

    We simply can’t be the only people who have confronted this. How do
    middle schools run ELGG? Are the ELGG communities that run across
    schools concerned about harassment and abuse in student-created
    communities. Although this is New Jersey, there must be aggressive
    lawyers somewhere else in the country.

    Is there a technical solution to this?

    Please help me save this ELGG, the kids are counting on us!

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