How are educators preparing students for a social media-infused world? What does good digital citizenship look like? Facebook is funding four research projects addressing these questions through its Digital Citizen Research Grants program. Facebookannounced yesterday that it will split $200,000 among four winners, chosen from an initial pool of 100 projects.
One grant will fund a project led by Shari Kessel Schneider, a research associate from theEducation Development Center, in Waltham, Mass. Ms. Kessel Schneider has previously written about sexting and online bullying. Her project with EDC will examine anti-bullying policies in approximately 25 schools in the Boston area and determine how kids, parents, and others perceive their effectiveness. The group will release a report with recommendations for enhancing school-based bullying prevention and education to promote positive social media use.