Four schools in Madison, Wisconsin are placing new restrictions on student access to social media. The pilot program at two high schools and two middle schools will run through the end of the year. The schools have shut down free WI-FI access to apps including Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The program is designed to test whether student behavior, school safety and grades improve with fewer online distractions. Results including comparison behavior data and feedback from students, staff and families will be analyzed soon after for possible use in crafting a districtwide policy.
Parents have also been asked to reduce their children's access at home during the test run.