EdTech 543 – Social Media Policies

Social Media Policy for “Our School”

“Our School” recognizes that social media/networks are important parts of our student’s, parent’s, and teacher’s daily lives. Since these platforms are permanent parts of our society, we choose to see them as collaborative tools with educational potential. As such, we have created the following guidelines to ensure the safety and proper use of these tools for our students, faculty, and school.

Students will abide by the following policies when participating in social media-based activities in school, and we recommend that they continue to do so outside of school.

  1. Students will abide by the school’s code of conduct online and will treat all people with the honor, dignity, and respect customary to our educational institution.
  2. Students will T.H.I.N.K. before they post. The Internet is a public place. Anything you post should be true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind.
  3. Students will appropriately disagree with fellow users. Giving constructive criticism is a positive thing; however, be sure to watch your language and response style. Always remember that there is a person on the other side of that screen.
  4. Students will be smart online and protect themselves from people they do not know personally. Never give out personal information about yourself, your friends, or your school to strangers.
  5. Students will do their own work! The Internet has an amazing wealth of knowledge, and it can be easy to do the wrong thing. Remember that plagiarism is a serious offense inside our school walls and outside of them. Do what is right, not what is easy!
  6. Students will abide by copyright law. Copying and pasting images online can get you in trouble. Always use images in the Public Domain or Creative Commons. Be sure to provide attribution for any online material that did not originate in your head, including images.
  7. Students will properly represent themselves. Never assume someone else’s identity. Never use someone else’s login information to complete a task, even one so simple as sending an e-mail.
  8. Students will follow proper writing conventions online. It may be a chat room or a discussion board, but you are still in school. Unless given permission otherwise by your teacher, students should follow proper grammatical and writing conventions in any online writing forum.
  9. Students will demonstrate maturity online. If you come across material that is inappropriate or disrespectful, you should report it immediately to a teacher.
  10. LAST, BUT NOT LEAST…Students will enjoy the educational benefits of using social media in the classroom and will work with his or her teacher to create a safe, engaging environment.

Above are my 10 strategies for implementing social media activities and projects in the classroom. To gather feedback from teachers, parents, and students on the policy, I think presenting these policies to the faculty for approval and discussion first would be best so that teachers and administrators can familiarize themselves with the policy. Then, I think presenting and discussing these policies at PTF (or “Back to School”) Night with the parents would allow for plenty of healthy feedback in manageable sessions.

References:

Social Media/Network Policy. (n.d.). from http://www.clsd.k12.pa.us/Staff.cfm?subpage=624703
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