Social Media Policy

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

INTRODUCTION

Students at Ivanhoe Grammar School enjoy the opportunities and rewards that being a member of the School brings. It is subsequently expected that Students will uphold the ethos of the School within and without and in all Social Media interactions. Students will not act in such a way that the image of the School is brought into disrepute nor in a way that harms members of the School community. Social Media can be, when appropriate, an effective educative and social tool and is commonly used by the Ivanhoe community to express their views, comments, ideas and criticism on a whole range of issues. Ivanhoe Grammar School expects Students to use Social Media in a respectful and responsible manner. Social Media should not be used to insult, present offensive or inappropriate content or to misrepresent the School or any member of the School community.

RATIONALE

The purpose of this Policy is to set standards of behaviour for the use of Social Media that are consistent with the broader values and expectations of the Ivanhoe community.

DEFINITION

Social Media – refers to all social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Formspring, YouTube and MySpace, MSN, Stumbleupon and includes email and mobile devices

SCOPE

This Policy applies to Students of Ivanhoe Grammar School,

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Students are expected to show respect to others, including members of the School community. Students are also expected to give due respect to the reputation and good name of the School.

When using Social Media, Students are expected to ensure that they:

  • Respect the rights and confidentiality of others;
  • Do not impersonate or falsely represent another person;
  • Do not bully, intimidate, abuse, harass or threaten others;
  • Do not make defamatory comments;
  • Do not use offensive or threatening language or resort to personal abuse towards each other or members of the Ivanhoe Community;
  • Do not post content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic or incites violence against others;
  • Do not harm the reputation and good standing of Ivanhoe Grammar School or those within its community;
  • Do not film, photograph or record members of the School community without express permission of the School  or use film, photographs or recordings without express permission of the above.

BREACH OF THIS POLICY

A breach of this policy may also involve a breach of other Ivanhoe Grammar School policies, and should be read in conjunction with the:

  • The Healthy Schools Policy – Bullying and Harassment and Cyberbullying;
  • Student Code of Conduct;
  • Acceptable Use Policy;
  • Mobile Device Policy;
  • The Student Social Media Code of Ethics (currently in the drafting process).

A breach of this policy will be considered by the Principal or his Delegate, such as Heads of Campus, or their Delegates and will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

All reports of cyber bullying and other technology misuses will be investigated fully and may result in a notification to Police where the School is obliged to do so. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the loss of computer privileges, detention, suspension, or expulsion from the School. Students and Parents must be aware that in certain circumstances where a crime has been committed, they may be subject to a criminal investigation by Police over which the School will have no control.