Social Media Guidelines for Schools


Description: As school districts explore the use of social computing throughout the school day and as an approach to extend instruction, many educators are making the decision to create a wiki, publish video online, or to participate in blogging, social networking or virtual worlds. Social media guidelines encourage educators to participate in social computing and strive to create an atmosphere of trust and individual accountability. Teachers who must hide their online activity because of nonexistent social media guidelines risk losing their jobs and reputations. A better approach is to collaboratively develop a policy that is acceptable to administrators, school board members, teachers and parents allowing for involvement in the global conversation in which many are contributing.

Upcoming and Past Presentations:

MLK Day of Service

Top Four Tools to Enhance Your MLK Day Campaign -

MLK Day National Facebook Site (

MLK Day National Twitter Site (

MLK Day National Flickr Site (

MLK Day National YouTube Site (

Get Involved!

Join the Facebook group: Social Media Guidelines for Educators

Contribute Ideas: School District X Social Media Guidelines Wiki

Social Media Policies for Schools - Jan 2010



My Space: The Official School Administrator’s Guide to Understanding MySpace and Resolving Social Networking Issues

K-12 Wiki: Social Networking Acceptable Use

The State of Missouri Guidelines for Virtual Communities

School AUP 2.0

In The Headlines

  1. Virginia Poised to Ban Teacher-Student Texting, Facebooking (9 Jan 2011)

  2. Courts Cracking Down on Texting Jurors

  3. Tennessee teen expelled for Facebook posting

    1. Sacked For Calling Job Boring On Facebook

  4. WI Schools Ban Facebook, IM Fraternizing Between Staff, Students

  5. Court Backs Teacher's Firing for Online Chat

  1. Fired For YouTube Video

  2. Detention for a High School Blog Entry?

School District Blogging/Social Media Policies

Academy of Discovery Online Code

Arapahoe High School Blogging Policy

East Lothian Council Self-publishing and Social Media Guidelines: Pupils

East Lothian CouncilSelf-publishing and Social Media Guidelines: Staff

Goochland Countty Public Schools AUP- Acceptable and Unacceptable Use Policies for Publishing Content

Kennett Consolidated School District AUP - Includes Blogging Policy

Laramie County School District 2 - Safe Blogging Policy

Maine School Admimistration District #22 Weblogs Terms of Use

Social Media Suggestions - St. Vrain Valley School District

Social Media Handbook - Vanderbilt University

Digital Citizenship

techcitizen wiki - includes teacher training outline

Digital Citizenship: A Project-Based Activity - from Greenwich Public Schools

Digital Citizenship Continuum - Living Sky School Division

Digital Citizenship and Creative Content - Teacher's Guide/Free Curriculum

Digizen - website provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship

What should be done about digital citizenship? - Cool Cat Teacher Blog

Internet Safety & Digital Citizenship - from Wesley Fryer

Digital Citizenship - HSTE Project Digital Citizen Wikispace

Corporate/Company Social Media Guidleines/Policies

Air Force Blog Assessment FlowChart

BBC Editorial Guidelines - Guidance on Personal use of Social Networking and other third party websites

Cisco’s Internet Postings Policy

Dell's Online Communication Policy

DePaul Social Media Guidelines

Harvard Law School Weblogs Terms of Use

IBM Social Computing Guidelines

IBM now has a Virtual World Guidelines

Intel Social Media Guidelines

The State of Missouri Guidelines for Virtual Communities

Sun Microsystems Policy on Public Discourse

U.S. Dept. of the Navy

Yahoo! Employee Blog Guidelines

Did You Know 4.0 (Oct 2009)