Currently, my school (and district) does not have a social media policy. We have a technology use plan and policies in place for technology, but they are from an outdated plan developed for 2009-2012 school years.
Below are the policies I have created for my classroom. I had a difficult time creating these policies because I wanted them to be stringent enough for a school setting, yet not too much to discourage participation. I believe these policies can be adopted for any classroom at my school and could also possibly be a school-wide policy.
Social Media Policy for my high school classroom:
1. Have a plan – What’s the purpose of your social media presence?
2. Online profile is the real you – Your online presence is an extension of the real you. Don’t misrepresent yourself.
3. Deal with conflict positively – It’s ok to disagree with others, but do so respectfully.
4. Be safe – Never post personal info including, but not limited to, last names, birth dates, address, and passwords.
5. Know your privacy settings – Know who can view your profile and post accordingly.
6. Lasting legacy – What you post online does not go away…even if you hit “delete”.
7. Give credit – If the work or words are not your own then cite your source.
8. Pause before you post – Remember that once you post it, it can’t be taken back. Think from another perspective if the content could be offensive.
9. Extension of the classroom – Same rules apply online as they do at school. Make sure you follow the district policies.
10. Report inappropriate content – This includes cyberbullying or any other content that makes you feel uncomfortable or not respected.
11. Post accurately – Make sure you fact-check before posting information.
12. Be professional – Your work doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should have proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
After discussing my classroom policies with my students, I would have them and their parents fill out the following form:
Social Media Guidelines. (n.d.). Drexel University. Retrieved July 19, 2014, from http://www.drexel.edu/ucomm/social-media/guidelines/
Student Guidelines. (n.d.). socialmediaguidelines /. Retrieved July 19, 2014, from http://socialmediaguidelines.pbworks.com/w/page/17050885/Student%20Guidelines
Student Social Media Guidelines. (2013, October 1). . Retrieved July 20, 2014, from http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/9765B2DF-9BD5-42AA-8D85-005D0FC8AA23/0/Student_Social_MediaGuidelines_finalv3_20140128.pdf