EdTech 543: Social Media Policies

According to the Papillion La Vista Community School District social media policy, “Free speech protects individuals who want to participate in social media, but the laws and courts have ruled that school districts can discipline employees if their speech, including online postings, disrupts school operations.” This is an important message to send to both students and staff and is the foundation of creating and enforcing a social media policy.

For this week’s assignment, we were to examine current social media policies within our  own school and other school districts. I was able to easily find multiple social media policies that are currently being utilized by other high school districts. After exploring these resources, I created a graphic that has 5 main categories. Each category has individual policies that I found important aspects of a social media policy. This social media policy is designed to be used in my own classroom.

Steps to Ensure Feedback: If I were to actually incorporate this social media policy in my classroom, I would first discuss these policies and their importance with the parents of my students at the open house our school hosts at the beginning of the school year. Then, I would discuss the policies with each of my classes. Students would have the opportunity to provide feedback and voice their opinions on any additional policies that they find important. After receiving feedback from my students, I would finalize the classroom policies and schedule a meeting with my school’s team of administrators and the district communication representative. I would invite a few student representatives to attend the meeting and have them explain their roles in formulating these policies. We would then share the classroom policies and discuss its alignment with the current district policies. I would ask for any feedback or suggestions to improve the policies and make changes as necessary.  The social media policies would be reviewed annually and I would incorporate a student/parent signature aspect to hold students accountable. This social media policy poster would be displayed in the classroom.

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Bishop Lynch High School – Dallas, TX: This social media policy provides a participation policy and guidelines for faculty and students. Although a simple list was provided, it could end up being confusing to users, as it communicates what not to do.

Cornwall-Lebanon School District – Lebanon, PA: This social media policy provides guidelines for multiple social media platforms. In addition, I enjoyed that the policy gives examples of acceptable use, disclaimers, and personal responsibility.

Guilford County Schools – Greensboro, NC: This policy was one of the best. It is well-organized and easy to follow. It provides guidelines for professional responsibility and general social media use as well. My favorite policies that I read were that you are always representing your school and that the district incorporated the importance of posting and being active members on social media.

Lodi High School – Lodi, CA: This social media policy was created for the use of student-athletes. I liked this social media policy because it provided a place for both student-athlete to agree and sign the policy which holds them accountable and gets the parents involved by having them sign also.

New York City Department of Education: This policy defines social media use and gives an awesome list of policies. It is user friendly and invites parents to be involved as well. My favorite policy was the “pause before you post.” It reminds users to take an extra few minutes before posting something they could potentially end up regretting.

Papillion La Vista Community School District – Papillion, NE: This district policy provides proper procedures for both students and staff. It is encouraging to know that the district that I work in is being proactive and has a well-established social media policy.

Papillion La Vista South High School – Papillion, NE: This social media within my school provides good examples of proper social media use, but I believe that it is a little outdated. I would rather refer to the district policy than our school policy.

Perris Union High School District – Perris, CA:This was the best social media policy that I found. It was well-organized, had several graphics, and was engaging to readers. It even provided explanations of why to use different platforms of social media. Their policies were descriptive, yet simple. Many of my policies were inspired by this policy.

San Dieguito Union High School District – Encinitas, CA: Although some good information was provided, I felt as though this policy could have been better. It was also not very visually pleasing. I was not very engaged while reading due to the color choice of text and lack of visuals.

Sewickley Academy – Sewickley, PA: I enjoyed this social media policy because it was organized by providing main headings and describing each category using multiple policies within. This was how I decided to set up my own policy.

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