Social Media Policy for Students

In 2012 Ivanhoe published its first Social Media Policy for Students. You can find it on this site under School Policies and it is also in Student diaries.

Some years ago Schools began feverishly writing Cyberbullying Policies for their Students as they valiantly attempted to catch up with the runaway media their students were communicating with. Now there are few schools that do not have a Cyberbullying Policy in place.

The next step is a Social Media Policy. This is a broader policy and while initially a Social Media Policy should be written for students, its pervasive use in the community means that your Social Media Policy should include all stakeholders.

While Social Media is an effective educative tool there is also a danger that it could be used, inadvertently or deliberately, to bring disrepute to the School or an indivdual. Schools have an expectation that students will use Social Media in a respectful and responsible manner and should not be used to insult, present offensive or inappropriate content or to misrepresent the School or any member of the School community.

To ensure this expectation is clear in the School community a clear, and definitive policy is essential.

Please take the time to read the full Social Media Policy which you can find here, together with the other policies relating to safe use of ICT.


About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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