EdTech 543: Social Media Policies

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  • Develop social media policies for your learning environment – for your class, school, or organization.  If your institution has a policy, please review and revise to include specific elements regarding the use of social media.  You are being asked to have at least 10 policies.  Also include your plans to share and get feedback from students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members.
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Social Media Guidelines for Students and Job Seekers

 Social Media Policy for Sammamish Mathematics (SME)


Sammamish Mathematics recognizes the rights of students, faculty, staff, and employees who want to participate in online social networking. Our guidelines are designed to create an atmosphere of good will, honesty, and individual accountability. SME students, faculty, and staff should always keep in mind that information produced, shared, and retrieved by them is a reflection on the school community and is subject to SME’s policies. When accessing, creating, or contributing to any blogs, wikis, podcasts, or other social media for classroom or, in most cases, for personal use, we expect you to keep these guidelines in mind. Failure to meet or follow these guidelines may result in disciplinary action or termination of services.

Students: Social Media Guidelines

We expect SME students to set and maintain high ethical standards in their use of social networking. Since social media reaches audiences far beyond the community, students must use social sites responsibly and be accountable for their actions. If a student sees anything of concern on a fellow SME student’s social networking page or account, they should immediately contact Mrs. Hefty, director and owner of SME

  1. In the online environment, students must follow The ISD Honor Code and the OSPI Code of Conduct and conduct themselves online as they would in a traditional school.
  2. Think before you post. SME asks students to use discretion when posting to the internet.
  3. SME reserves the right to request school-related images or content posted without permission to be removed from the internet.
  4. Do not misrepresent yourself by using someone else’s identity.
  5. Social media venues are public and information can be shared beyond your control. Be conscious of what you post online as you will leave a long-lasting impression on many different audiences.
  6. Do not post or link anything (photos, videos, web pages, audio files, forums, groups, fan pages, etc.) to your social networking sites that you wouldn’t want friends, peers, parents, teachers, college admissions officers, or future employers to access. What you present on social networking forums represents you forever.
  7. When responding to others, remember to be respectful and avoid comments that may be hurtful. Do not use profane, obscene, or threatening language.
  8. Only accept invitations to share information from people you know. Utilize privacy settings to control access to your network, web pages, profile, posts, blogs, wikis, podcasts, digital media, forums, groups, fan pages, etc.
  9. Online stalkers and identity thieves are a real threat. Never share personal information, including, but not limited to, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, exact birthdates, and pictures with parties you don’t know or on unsecure sites.
  10. Users should keep their passwords secure and never share passwords with others. If someone tampers with your blog, email, or social networking account without you knowing about it, you could be held accountable.
  11. Cyberbullying is considered an act of harassment. See the ISD Student Handbook for detailed information.
  12. Use of SME logos or images on your personal social networking sites is prohibited. If you wish to promote a specific SME activity or event, you may do so only by means of a link to the official SME Facebook account, Twitter account, or Blog.









My Plan

My plan to share and get feedback from students, parents, teachers, staff, and community members would be to create a collaborative wiki project similar to this one Social Media Guidelines for Schools.  This is an example of a collaborative project used to generate Social Media Guidelines for school districts.  The goal of this guideline was to provide instructional employees, staff, students, administrators, parents and the school district community direction when using social media applications both inside and outside the classroom.  I would invite my students, parents, and my partnering school district to be collaborators.




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