Social Media Guidelines

Leaving your Digital Footprint

(Or Covering it Up)

 

In order to maintain appropriate student-employee boundaries, current students who are not relatives, should not be allowed to post or become members of any employee’s social networking site, including but not limited to Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. Employees are strongly advised against interacting or communicating with students on such sites for non-instructional purposes. Further, personal social networking sites are in the public domain and thereby must comply with the applicable law and code of professional practice and conduct for educators, as established by the PA State Department of Education. 
 
 
 
Advice for Teacher Facebook Users
  1.        Accept friend requests only from people you know.
  2.       Be very cautious in accepting friend requests from students as well as parents. It is recommended that you not do this.
  3.       Set privacy settings for “Friends only.” The default setting is “Friends of friends.”
  4.       There are different privacy settings for Wall Posts, Photos, etc.
  5.       Abuses can and should be reported directly to Facebook.
    1.        Go to Account, then Account Settings and Privacy Settings.
    2.       Check out the Help Center.
    3.        There are sections in the Help Center in the left navigation pane under Safety specifically for Educators that can help inform you.
  6.       Teachers should report underage use to Facebook and inform parents.
    1.        Legal age requirement for an account is 13.
    2.       This is especially important in cases of cyber bullying.
  7.       Friends can “tag” friends in photos, so the spider web begins.
    1.        If you appear in a photo on someone’s page who is not your “friend,” you can still be “tagged” by someone who is your friend.
    2.       Tagging identifies you everywhere; hence, the digital footprint.
    3.        Tagging is a good way to organize photos, data, or websites in “the cloud” and can work to your advantage when used properly. Searching for a “tag” is easier than remembering where a folder is stored.
  8.       Be extremely cautious in posting any comments that reference your work. You are trusting your “friends!” Use the “Create a Group” feature when needed.
  9.       Rule of Thumb:  Never put anything in writing that you don’t want to appear on the front page of a newspaper!

Advice for Teacher Twitter Users

1.      Legal age requirement for an account is 13.
2.   Same rules as Facebook apply.
  1.       Check security under Settings.
    1.        Under Privacy, check Protect my Tweets.
b.      Notice Tweet Location. Check this only when needed.
 
Who will teach our students about social media use and abuse???
 

Classroom Guidelines

The only social media website that is accessible within the Rose Tree Media School District network is Twitter (http://www.twitter.com)
 
Teachers may use Twitter in the classroom for any number of educational reasons, including communication with parents. We have established the following Guidelines to maintain approved use of this social media site.
 
 

Rose Tree Media School District

Twitter Guidelines for Classroom Use

 

Twitter can be a highly effective communication tool to our parents on a frequent basis and a simple tool for teachers to use from an iPad. You decide the frequency. The tweets can be composed of just text about the day, classroom events, posting of homework, or the projects students are creating. A picture(s) can also accompany the text, if you wish.

 

To ensure the safety of our teachers and all of our students, you must follow the recommendations listed below.

 

Pictures:

When posting pictures of students, do NOT identify students by name, unless there is a special award or circumstance. Then, and only then, please follow the guidelines already established for our web pages by using first name only.

 

Timing of Tweets:

Be mindful of when you are tweeting. Especially if you are on a field trip, do NOT tweet during the trip, since the location of the trip, if identified, could cause a safety issue for our students. You can tweet the information and post pictures upon return to school. Do not use instructional time to tweet, unless students are working independently and do not need your supervision.

 

Settings:

Go to your account settings

Go through each item on the left navigation pane and mark settings according to your preferences

Go to Security and Privacy

  • Under Privacy, check “Do not allow anyone to tag me in photos”
  • Do not check “Protect my Tweets” because it will not allow your tweets to show on your web page (Twitter feed on your web page allows parents who do not have a Twitter account to see what you are tweeting)
  • Do not check “Add a location to my tweets”
  • Do not check “Receive direct messages from anyone”
  • Other settings on that page are your personal choice
  • SAVE CHANGES

 

Recommendations:

  • If you have not already done so, please send an email home to your parents announcing that they can follow you on Twitter if they have an account, and if they do not have an account, they can follow your Twitter feed on your web page.
    • If you have not done so and would like to embed your Twitter feed on your web page, contact Evan (see below)
    • See sample email to parents below
  • Also let parents know that they have the option of “photo refusal” on web-based applications. This will include your web page, as well as Twitter, since both are for public consumption.
  • Do NOT “follow” parents on your professional account. This is a one-way communication tool from you to them.
  • You should always check who is “following” you. If there is anyone you do not recognize or seems out of context, you can always “block” them from your account on the settings page.

If you do not have a Twitter account and would like to establish one to setup for your classroom news, or if you need help embedding the Twitter feed on your web page, please contact Evan O’Neill at extension 6014 or eoneill01@rtmsd.org

 

 

Sample email to parents re: Twitter

 

Dear Parent or Guardian,

 

I would like to introduce you to our class/school Twitter feed @_______________

 

Twitter is a growing form of social media. I feel it is important to let you know how we intend to use it in the classroom/school. The feed has been created to grant students, parents, and the community a perspective inside our classroom.

 

The technology of Twitter enables me to very quickly post information and happenings on my district webpage with an “embedded feed,” and to not take valuable instructional time to do this. This is not intended to be a formal way to communicate with parents, but a fun way to update my/our site with the goings-on of the classroom/school. Parents, with a Twitter account, may wish to “follow” our feed to get immediate updates, but a Twitter account is not required to view the feed on my/our web page.

 

Things you may see on my/our website’s Twitter feed:

  • Assignments
  • Important / interesting links
  • Pictures of students engaged in class activities

·       No student names will be associated with these pictures

 

Our classroom/school account will work as a great conversation-starter to further our students’ understanding of their own “Internet presence.” Similar to a “drivers’ ed” course, we look to teach and demonstrate proper and positive strategies to navigate the Internet. This early education in social media is a great way to protect our student’s thinking and future behavior.

 

Many students and families enjoy this unique perspective inside the classroom, but are wary of the pitfalls that come with the use of social media. These concerns are understandable and appreciated. If you do not wish your student to be photographed please send an email to me and to our principal to have your child placed on the “do not photograph” list.

 

Our Twitter feed is compliant with the District’s Twitter Guidelines for Classroom Use. If you have any questions you may contact me - I may refer you to RTM’s Technology Department.

 

Sincerely,