Social Media Ideas for Schools

I saw this link posted on Jen Carey’s blog and felt that it was well worth sharing here too. It is the revised social media guidelines for the New York Times journalists.  I have long felt that for school employees, the debate over what is considered your private life and what is considered public, can be an interesting and often heated debate. However, in a world that is now dominated by social media, it is easy to slip up or be misinterpreted by those who lack context or knowledge of you as a person. 

These guidelines are effective for a number of reasons. They are written in plain English, not legalese. The guidelines are clear and lack ambiguity. They have a checklist of examples and actions to take if you are in any way unsure of your social media practices. I also like that the tone of this policy. It is professional without being didactic and it seeks to embrace the power of social media as opposed to banning or restricting it. 

While this policy was written for the journalists at the New York Times, I think there are lots of great ideas here that schools could adapt and use for their own employees. So, click through and take a look, and if you are not already following Jen Carey’s blog, you absolutely should! She consistently posts great content for educators. 

Originally posted on Media! Tech! Parenting!: Today, October 13, 2017, the New York Times introduced its new social media policy for people who work in the Times newsroom. Not only is it interesting to read — it may will also become a useful document for educators to share with students. The policy clearly illustrates the…

via Can the New York Times Social Media Policy Become a Teaching Tool? — Indiana Jen

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  1. Thanks Jonathan. Like you, I think that the problem with school social media is that the default is “no.” Don’t do x, y, or z. Instead, I like the idea of having a more thoughtful, contextual approach to Social Media. Just as it might be appropriate for me to wear sweat pants at home and not at work, what I post on my (private) Facebook account is different than what I share on public, professional Twitter account.

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