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Nashville, Tenn---As a high school science teacher Adam Taylor says YouTube helps his students see things he could never show them personally.

Taylor also uses Twitter to help them communicate online with experts.

"As a teacher it's priceless.  The connections I make with educators and scientists has been huge," said Taylor.

Using the sites has required special permission from Metro Schools.

The district has banned all social media sites but that is about to change for Twitter and YouTube.

"There's a wealth of information that's available to students and we need to use it in an educational environment," said Chief Academic Officer Jay Steele

Steele says later this month middle and high school students will have access to the social media sites and eventually elementary school students will too.

Facebook will remain locked though.

The move is coming right as districts in Williamson and Sumner county are having problems with social media sites, especially students spreading rumors and bullying.

Amanda Berry is one parent in Nashville who believes the move is the wrong one.

 "I just think it's so unnecessary," said Berry. "I just feel that there's too much exposure from the internet and there's too much that pops up on the internet."

Fox 17 News asked Metro Schools about those concerns.

Steele says they do have software to catch inappropriate conversations online but ultimately it will be up to teachers like Taylor to ensure students are using the internet properly.

"They're already on it so let's train them how to use it correctly," said Taylor.