• 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.

    a.       Go to Account, then Account Settings and Privacy Settings.

    b.      Check out the Help Center.

    c.       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.

    a.       Legal age requirement for an account is 13.

    b.      This is especially important in cases of cyber bullying.

    7.      Friends can “tag” friends in photos, so the spider web begins.

    a.       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.

    b.      Tagging identifies you everywhere; hence, the digital footprint.

    c.       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.

    3.      Check security under Settings.

    a.       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???