Our My Two Cents question for this month is: Does your school or district have a policy about staff use of social networking (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)? If so, what restrictions are in place? Read what some of your colleagues had to say:
Our system does not have an official policy about staff use of social networks. Our system does block Facebook, Twitter, etc., for use on school computers. My unofficial statements to faculty have always been to use good professional judgment when using the sites. It would not be good professional judgment to “friend” a student. Additionally, professional confidential information should never be shared on these sites.
Cathy Vasile, Principal, Blossomwood Elementary School, Huntsville, Alabama
We are looking at adding a board policy addressing these issues in the near future. We are now working with staff and making them aware of potential problems that can arise from the use of these social networks. We see the good and bad possibilities of these networks.
Gary Meldrem, Assistant Principal, Grinnell Middle School, Grinnell, Iowa
Share your school’s policies with us.