DMS Social Media Policy

by admin on February 8, 2013

Please read the DMS Social Media Policy

DMS Social Media Policy
DMS understands that students, staff, and other school community members use social networking/media (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Wikispace, YouTube, Flickr etc.) as a way to connect with others, share educational resources, create and curate educational content, and enhance the classroom experience. While social networking is fun and valuable, there are some risks you should keep in mind when using these tools. In the social media world, the lines are blurred between what is public or private, personal or professional. Social media are powerful communication tools that have a significant impact on organizations and professional reputations. Once something is posted it is available on the Web forever- think twice before posting.  Employees are responsible for anything they post to social media sites. Only employees are approved to represent the school. We ask community members to respect and follow our guidelines and policies when discussing DMS in the virtual world.


General Guidelines for DMS Staff and Community Members

Use good judgment

  • We expect you to use good judgment in all situations.
  • You must know and follow the school’s Code of Conduct and Privacy Policy.
  • Regardless of your privacy settings, assume that all of the information you have shared on your social network is public information.
  • Be mindful of copyright and intellectual property rights of others and of DMS
  • Remember your audience
  • Be mindful of FERPA laws
  • Be respectful
  • Always treat others in a respectful, positive and considerate manner.

Be responsible and ethical

  • Even though employees are approved to represent the school, unless you are specifically authorized to speak on behalf of the school as a spokesperson, you should state that the views expressed in your postings, etc. are your own. Stick with discussing school-related matters that are within your area of responsibility.
  • Be open about your affiliation with the school and the role/position you hold. Be a good listener
  • Keep in mind that one of the biggest benefits of social media is that it gives others another way to talk to you, ask questions directly and to share feedback.
  • Be responsive others when conversing online. Provide answers, thank people for their comments, and ask for further feedback, etc.
  • Always be doing at least as much listening and responding as you do “talking.”
  • Delete any wrong or hurtful postings

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