SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF OVERVIEW
The Pawtucket School Department recognizes the rights of students, faculty, and employees who want to participate in online social networking. While there are numerous benefits to be derived from social networking, we wish to remind our staff and students that there have been a number of problems associated with their use that could negatively affect the educational environment. We promulgate these guidelines to help staff and students alike from encountering these problems.
The Pawtucket School Department encourages students to set and maintain high ethical standards in their use of social networking and also wishes to give students the knowledge and the tools to protect themselves while online.
· 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. Therefore, you are strongly advised not to 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.
· Privacy settings can help youto control access to your network, web pages, profile, posts, blogs, wikis, podcasts, digital media, forums, groups, fan pages, etc.
· 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.
· 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, that person can misrepresent himself or herself as you, and engage in activities that might cause people to develop a negative impression of you.
· While on school grounds or during school activities, no student shall post, forward, or otherwise disseminate any data, documents, photos, images, videos, or other information using any technology medium, including social networking sites (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Flickr) that is abusive, obscene, vulgar, threatening, harassing or defamatory.
· The above prohibition also applies to conduct off of school property has materially and substantially disrupted the educational process, or is reasonably likely to do so.