Social Media Policy for High School Teachers

TEACHER SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY 5

SocialMedia Policy for High School Teachers

SocialMedia Policy for High School Teachers

Thefirst element of the social media policy for teachers is that theyshould engage in social media on both personal capacity and also inthe position as teachers. This requirement is because they will beinvolved in the social media as themselves and as leaders in school(Williamson &amp Johnston, 2013). Whatever they post in the schoolsocial media platforms will be representing their capacity asteachers. However, whatever they comment on the post in theirpersonal, social media platforms reflects their private opinion. Atthe same time, they should be responsible for the comments andcontent that they post of the online platforms, because it is beingviewed by all people and reflects their personality as teachers.

Theschool social media policy allows high school teachers to posteducational information and content on social media, both as teachersand on their own capacity. In addition, they are allowed to comment,add and introduce content that promote the image of the school. Thepolicy allows high school teachers to only post or share educationaland school-related content in the school’s social media pages.According to Moody (2010), information shared on social mediareflects the personality of the person sharing the information.Therefore, when posting content on their personal, social mediapages, they should consider that some of the views will come fromstudents and parents who follow them on their pages.

Theschool social media policy refrains high school teachers from postingpersonal information in the school social media. This is because theinformation does not reflect their role as teachers and does notbuild the image of the school. This information is considerednon-educational. Moreover, the policy of the school refrain teachersfrom posting entertainment content that does not positively influencethe school community. The only entertainment content that should beposted on the school social media pages is the content that relatesto school entertainment, school music, school’s entertainmentcourses and related information. As argued by Warlick (2011),educational content is important because it helps people to learn andeducate themselves in this case the students of the school learningin social media.

Theschool social media policy refrains teachers from posting commercialinformation that does not reflect the position of the school. Thispolicy refrain teachers from posting or sharing commercialadvertisements and promotional messages. This is because the socialmedia is gradually becoming a strong commercial center whereadvertises try to woo customers. This is important for teachers tocomprehend and avoid any kind of promotional content. Teachers shouldalso avoid posting negative information about the school in theirpersonal social media accounts. For instance, any complaints aboutwork and the school should not be posted on their social media pages.

Thepolicy of the school requires that teachers should be careful aboutpeople who post unpalatable or irresponsible content in theirpersonal social media pages. According to Noo and ‎Hendricks(2012), many people are posting information on other people’ssocial media platforms without their consent. Therefore, teachersshould regularly monitor their pages. High school teachers should becareful of cyber bullying and hacking. According to Warlick (2011),malicious social media users use personal information shared insocial media to impersonate innocent users or hack their accounts topost undesirable content. Therefore, teachers should be careful ofthe access and administrative parts of their social media accounts.

References

Moody,M. (2010). Teaching Twitter and Beyond: Tips for Incorporating SocialMedia in Traditional Courses. Journal of Magazine &amp New MediaResearch 11(2): pp. 1-9.

Noo,H. A., &amp ‎Hendricks, J. A. (2012).SocialMedia: Usageand Impact.Lexington:LexingtonBooks

Warlick,D. (2011). WhatSchool Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and SocialMedia.New York: JohnWiley &amp Sons

Williamson,R. &amp Johnston, H. (2013). The School Leader`s Guide to SocialMedia. New York: Routledge