Magazine article Technology & Learning

Social Media Policies: Attendees Discussed How They Changed Their Aups to Address Issues Related to Social Media in and out of the Classroom

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Social Media Policies: Attendees Discussed How They Changed Their Aups to Address Issues Related to Social Media in and out of the Classroom

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"We went from 'Acceptable Use' to 'Appropriate Use.' We made the agreement to use more age-appropriate and separated elementary and secondary policies and procedures. We put guidelines in place with regard to sharing information, conducted community awareness seminars to assist parents with management of social media, and ensured digital citizenship is part of lessons conducted by classroom teachers."

--CURT CEARLEY

"We have re-written our AUP several times in the past few years. There is one policy for staff, and a similar but more restrictive one for students. Our current policy requires staff to have an approved plan for using social media in class. Use of our network for personal social media is not permitted."

--MIKE JAMERSON, DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY, BARTHOLOMEW CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL CORPORATION, IN

"Our AUP has not changed due to social media. The use of social media has not introduced any new infractions (e.g., bullying or inappropriate behavior), it has just introduced new ways to do those things. …

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