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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School
Produced in collaboration with Facebook. Social media is fast becoming as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. In recent months, many schools and districts around the country have taken steps to create social media policies and guidelines for their students and staff. In my work with several districts to draft these documents, I have seen many approaches that work well, and some that don't. That said, there is no silver bullet for administrators; every school, district, and state has a different set of circumstances. With that in mind, here are some steps that will help you determine the best approach for your own community. 2. This team should include educators who use social media in the classroom and those who do not. This team should be open and transparent in all their conversations and decision making, and be clear about their shared goal. Questions for ReflectionDoes everyone on the team share the same goal?

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Curriculum: Understanding YouTube & Digital Citizenship – Google in Education Overview We have devised an interactive curriculum aimed to support teachers of secondary students (approximately ages 13-17). The curriculum helps educate students on topics like: YouTube’s policies How to report content on YouTube How to protect their privacy online How to be responsible YouTube community members How to be responsible digital citizens We hope that students and educators gain useful skills and a holistic understanding about responsible digital citizenship, not only on YouTube, but in all online activity. Lessons in English

Should Schools Implement Social Media Policies? Facebook wasn't a topic of conversation in high schools 10 years ago — it hadn't even been invented yet. One decade and a billion users later, and with the introduction of Twitter, Instagram and other social networking platforms, it's become an unavoidable cultural commodity. If you're a teacher, your students most likely have profiles, and vice versa. There are plenty of examples of Facebooking-gone-wrong in the education field so far. Digital Citizenship Flashcards Another academic year is here and with it comes new clothes, lessons, and of course, new technologies. But are your child's digital citizenship skills back-to-school ready? If not, don't worry.

The 11 Ways Schools Use Social Media March 24, 2014 Social media is making such huge inroads into education. The affordances this move provides way outnumber its risks and hence the pervasive embrace of social media within many schools and colleges. Stats coming out of different studies and surveys prove it: 84% of universities and colleges now use Twitter to reach out to students. The visual below sheds more light on the use of social media in education and provides interesting numbers and stats about this use.

Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup Creating Social Media Guidelines A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom, by Vicki Davis (2014) Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use. For the second half of the discussion, read this post by Ben Johnson: "Too Much Technology and Not Enough Learning?" How To Get Banned From Social Networks The Web has opened up lines of communication that were previously closed for the vast majority of the world. Anyone with an Internet connection can now head online and talk to someone on the other side of the world using any one of a range of different services. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ are the obvious options. There is unfortunately a tendency to abuse these new lines of communication, by expressing opinions that would be best kept unsaid, attacking people that may or may not deserve it, spreading salacious gossip, or posting inappropriate content. What is often and easily forgotten is that it’s entirely possible to get banned from social networks, with some rules applying across the board, and others that individual sites have put in place. What follows is a short and simple guide on how to get banned from social networks.

10 Must-Haves for Your Social Media Policy Sharlyn Lauby is the president of Internal Talent Management (ITM) which specializes in employee training and human resources consulting. She authors a blog at A few weeks ago, I wrote that your organization should have a social media policy, and one of the things I heard among all the great comments was: "Okay, but what should it say?" There are generally two approaches to social media policy making. Some organizations handle social media in an evolutionary way. Chad Houghton, the director of e-media and business development at the Society for Human Resource Management, told me that he thinks, “it might be beneficial not to create some arbitrary rules without first seeing where the opportunities and risks really are.”

How To Tackle Digital Citizenship During The First 5 Days Of School Digital citizenship is not a one time discussion. It is an ongoing process that needs to be taught to all grade levels and to all stakeholders. The problem is that things are changing so rapidly that it is difficult for everyone to keep up to date with the trends. Everyone has to be educated and develop an understanding of the role digital citizenship plays in our everyday lives.

Doing what comes naturally SmartBlogs Many people in my generation see the rise of social media as a negative force that replaces human-to-human connection with a virtual one. Educators sometimes are prone to see social media as a competing force, distracting students from the work they are expected to do in school. Many who hear the daily stories of how people have used social media to hurt and ridicule others are frightened by how “impossible” it can be to control what young people do to each other online. These feelings and perceptions are so strong because social media and technology threaten the very foundations of how we have traditionally viewed education. A bedrock principle of education has been that students need to be controlled in order to learn. So strong is this perception that many educators have difficulty imagining education and schools to be any other way.

Must Have Resources on Teaching Online Safety Internet has become an integral part of our students learning. They use it for searching, connecting, socializing, and communicating.There is no way we can control what our students are doing online no matter how hard we try. It is funny when you enter a school and find that certain websites ( YouTube for instance ) is banned there. Why would students access YouTube through their schools desktops while they have their own mobile gadgets to use whenever and wherever they want. This is a flawed strategy and , unfortunately, is not how we can keep our students from harms way. Students digital safety is not dependent on a strict ban of certain websites, it is rather an outcome of a fruitful and collaborative awareness process in which students take part in learning how to :

Cyber-Security Practice: Learn it in one week – gustmees Read, think, learn and share over Social Media… Security is everyone’s responsibility! We are ALL responsible for the Internet’s future! In previous blogs I have presented already the different security programs who help us to stay secure on Internet and not to infect others in the community because our computer is infected! The text below is just a reminder: In the real world our car needs some maintenance and technical control to make sure that there is no danger to other participants in traffic (pedestrians and drivers…), so the same in the virtual world. Our computer is the “virtual car” who is driving on the “Data Highway” (Internet), it needs maintenance and especially care about IT-Security and safety…

Upper primary What are 10-11 year olds doing online Understanding what students are doing online is a valuable starting point for teaching cybersafety. This series of videos combined with the Cybercitizen profiles provide teachers with a comprehensive view of their students’ online lives.

This article gives seven steps to integrating social media in your classroom. It is valuable to examine this topic when creating web pages as it can be included as a component of your classroom website. Centralizing web information for readers, whether it is community, parents, admin or other educators is important and will increase accessibility. It also provides multiple valuable resources. Citation: Anderson, Steven (2012) How to create social media guidelines for your school. Retrieved March 8, 2015 from by estherpepin Mar 9

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