Social Media Guidelines

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Social media guidelines are still relatively new to most schools and school districts. I was able to find a lot of great resources and they were typically along the same lines. I was please to find that the new school district I am starting at in the fall has a fairly detailed social media policy which acknowledges that social media is used by most of its students and that it is important to recognize that social media is going to continue being a primary means of communications for its students.

In many ways social media rules and guidelines are a lot like the social norms that follow face to face interaction and safety with the added caveat that you are interacting via an electronic device. Many times problems arise when people either don’t think of their interactions in this way or when they purposely do things online that they know couldn’t get away with in person. Treating others with the same decency and respect you would in person is the key to positive online interactions. My social media guidelines outline how to do this in addition to including the steps individuals need to take to keep themselves and their information safe when using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Kik, or any other social media platform. Teaching these guidelines will allow students to become good digital citizens, which is of utmost importance as more and more of people’s interactions take place through cell phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. To help students, teachers, staff, parents, and community members better understand these guidelines, I have created a form where they can answer and ask questions regarding the guidelines I have outlined. Below are the social media rules I have outlined followed by the Google Form I created to get feedback.

1. Make sure the online you looks the same as the real life you.

2. Consider your audience when posting online.

3. Protect yourself online. (Passwords, personal info, etc.)

4. Take cyberbullying seriously. Report it when you see and never participate in it.

5. The internet is forever, if you don’t want it to be seen, don’t post it.

6. Be respectful to other’s posts, even if you don’t agree with them.

7. Use Think strategy:
a. Is it True?
b. Is it helpful?
c. Is it Inspiring?
d. Is it necessary?
e. Is it kind?

8. Respect copyright rules when posting pictures.

9. Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. (The Golden Rule)

10. Communicate effectively: Body language, tone of voice, and facial expressions do not exist online.

11. Reply with thought, not emotion.

12. Keep our privacy settings up to date.

Social Media Feedback Form

References

greyweed. (2012). SMM-Jigsaw-Banner [Photo]. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/21986855@N07/7607705630/

Hoyt, E. (n.d.). Social media guidelines for students. Retrieved from https://www.fastweb.com/student-life/articles/social-media-guidelines-for-students

Larson, E. (n.d.). The teacher’s guide to social media. Retrieved from http://mashable.com/2013/07/29/teachers-social-media/

Magid, L., & Gallagher, K. (2015, August 17). The educator’s guide to social media. Retrieved from http://www.connectsafely.org/eduguide/

Rachel. (2016, March 29). 10 Social media rules for teachers – The ABCTE blog. Retrieved from https://www.americanboard.org/blog/?p=249

Social media/network guidelines for students. (n.d.). Retrieved July 17, 2017, from http://www.clsd.k12.pa.us/Staff.cfm?subpage=624705

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