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January 27, 2013

OLJ 7 - Social Media Policies

There are many examples of social media policies in libraries and organisations that could relate specifically to formulating a social media policy in a school situation. Below are a combination of articles and specific policy examples that would be useful for a K-12 school in this situation.

1.       Kroski, E. (2009). Should Your Library Have A School Media Policy? School Library Journal, 10/1/09.

This article highlights the social and public nature of social media. It also outlines some potential hazards of social media. Ground rules and guidelines, standards and discussions on what is acceptable are summarised. Specific inclusions for a social media policy are listed such as a disclaimer, not including secrets, being yourself, respecting copyright and colleagues, posting accurate information, being aware of policies, using good judgement and accepting responsibility for what is written.

2.       Boudreaux, C. (2012) Empowerment With Accountability. Social Media Governance.


219 policies are listed in this database, from Universities, to companies such as Coca-Cola, BBC, Fedex, Flickr, Intel, Governments and hospitals. Tweeting guidelines, social media policy, web standards, principles for interaction, blogging code of conduct and how to blog safely are a few topics covered. There are lists of resources available to purchase about social media.

3.       National Library of Australia, Social Media Policy, 2010- 2012.

The National Library of Australia embraces the use of social media and encourages their employees to do so with good judgement. They have specific objectives detailing how to use social media, responsibilities of employees and urging them to comply with policies and procedures. The policy details official, professional, private and inappropriate use, risks and also record keeping.

4.       Teachers Training International, (2011). Discover the 2 Keys To Implementing a School Social Media Policy That Works

This article discusses 2 keys to implementing a social media policy. Firstly, to write a specific policy relevant to your school needs. They suggest being aware of state and local schools policies. Secondly the article discusses the need to understand how to use social media without compromising teachers’ professional integrity. Schools need to decide how both teachers and students can interact safely and provide safeguards for them.

5.       Giffards Primary School Social Networking Policy

This primary school acknowledge the increasing number of staff and students using social networking sites. They recognise the opportunities to engage and communicate, but the need to do this safely. Their policy aims to protect staff and make recommendations on how to deal with inappropriate behaviour. The policy includes using social networking at work, as a school service, sets out guidelines for both staff and students, discusses Child Protection and Bullying issues.




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