George Lucas Educational Foundation

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School - Research Phase

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3. Research Phase

Your team should begin by evaluating the current policies that are already in place in your school or district. Many districts already have policies in place that cover the acceptable use basics -- so they only need to add guidelines to help crystallize learning opportunities. Because the social media landscape changes quickly, this is often the best approach.

Next, the team will want to examine the social media policies and/or guidelines from other institutions. You will want to involve your school attorney in the draft process to make sure that you are within your current local and state policies.

Questions for Reflection
  • Which policies or guidelines would make sense for you to adapt?
  • How should you use the feedbac from your community to shape your decision making?


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Lisa Nielsen's picture

This is a helpful post for schools/districts who still don't get the fact that there should be policies made around responsible behavior rather than various media and hardware.

I commend you for #2 "The Team" where you included both educator and student representation. In many cases it is our students that know more than the adults and their voice matters most.

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