Developing Our Social Media Policy
Below is the social media policy that our school is in the midst of developing. Our school believes that collaboration with the school community is invaluable for our student’s learning. As such, we are asking for your feedback on these policies. Please leave a comment below that includes your feedback on the social policy we are developing. In one weeks time, we will review all of the comments left on this blog. We will then make any required changes to our policies based on the recommendations provided by the school community (students, staff, parents and guardians), our school division, and the research we have conducted. Thank you in advance for your input.
Social Media Policy
1. Do not disclose any confidential or personal information about peers, colleagues or their families in online communications. Do not post photographs or videos of students without the informed consent of the student and their parent(s).
2. Protect your personal information. Do not share your password, address, phone number, birthdate, or other information (except with parents or staff).
3. Be aware of what you post online. Social media venues including wikis, blogs, photo and video sharing sites are very public. What you contribute leaves a digital footprint for all to see. Do not post anything you wouldn’t want friends, enemies, parents, teachers, or a future employer to see.
4. Respect copyright laws. It is critical that you show proper respect for the laws governing copyright and fair use or fair dealing of copyrighted material owned by others. You should never quote more than short excerpts of someone else’s work, and always attribute such work to the original author/source. It is good general practice to link to others’ work rather than reproduce it. Please see Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency for more information.
5. Monitor all content you or others post to your personal social media accounts to ensure that it is appropriate and pertains to the content being taught in accordance with the Saskatchewan Curriculum. Remove any material which is inappropriate or contrary to this policy.
6. Online activities must not interfere with the performance of your school work or your effectiveness as a student or employee.
7. Social networking sites and online postings are not private. You should follow communication protocol if you have an issue or a concern with someone else. Approach the person and address the issue or concern in a respectful manner.
8. Your on-line existence is an extension of who you are. Do not blog anonymously, using pseudonyms or false screen names. We believe in transparency and honesty. Do not misrepresent yourself by using a different identity.
9. Inappropriate material or material that you do not feel is suitable for school use should be reported immediately to a teacher.
10. Any online communication should be honest, respectful, responsible, and considerate of others.
11. It is your responsibility to act in accordance to the social media policy. Failure to respect the social media policy will be subject to disciplinary action by school administration.
Learning about privacy in Saskatchewan Schools. Retrieved from: http://saskschoolsprivacy.com/
Social Media Policy for School Districts. Retrieved from: http://www.slideshare.net/oxiem/social-media-policy-for-school-districts
David Jake website. Retrieved from: http://jakes.editme.com/
How to create social media guidelines for your school. Retrieved from: http://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/edutopia-anderson-social-media-guidelines.pdf