News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, July 30, 2013
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW) -- With just one week of summer vacation left for 12-year-old Caroline Jackson, she's taking advantage of all the free time she's got.
One of her favorite pastimes? Talking with her friends on Twitter and Facebook.
"You get to see what your friends post on it and some cool stuff and you can get updates and stuff," Jackson said.
Now, there's another friend her parents will approve of her connecting with: Columbia County Schools.
"We're just excited and we hope that our public will take advantage of Facebook and Twitter," said Superintendent Sandra Carraway, Ph.D.
The school district is plugging in to social media just in time for the upcoming school year by starting a Facebook page and a Twitter page.
"It's a wonderful tool for communicating," Carraway said. "And so we want to take every step we can to help keep our public as informed as possible."
Carraway says she and her staff made the decision so parents could have more ways to stay in touch and in the know.
"For example, if we had inclement weather and we needed to inform our community of late openings or no school at all, this is just another way of reaching everyone in every possible way," she explained.
Although both sites have been up for years, Carraway says the decision wasn't made lightly.
"We've looked at it over time, but Facebook and Twitter, unfortunately, can be seen as negative, especially among young people," she said.
Now, one person closely monitors both pages, along with support from the entire staff to make sure the site stays safe for parents, teachers and students.
And they've already got one more friend and follower.
"I will definitely get on there and follow Columbia County Schools," Jackson said.