MoCo Schools Chief Pleased that ‘Cybercivility’ Letter Opens the Door to Positive Conversations
Cybercivility seems to be taking hold – in Montgomery County and beyond. The term was coined in December by Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr in the wake of a torrent of harassing tweets urging him to close schools due to snow. Simply put, cybercivility means speaking to one another respectfully and politely via social media. As the supervisor of 151,000 students and the parent of three young children. Dr. Starr wrote to parents sharing his concerns about how social media is used by students and the need for cybercivility online.
In Part 2 of our exclusive video series, Dr. Starr discusses the changes he’s seen in the nearly three months since he wrote his letter. He says he’s received dozens of encouraging responses from students and their parents. He’s also pleased that his efforts to start a conversation about the positive ways social media can be used “touched a nerve” with so many, including national and local media.