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.