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Social media can enhance education, communication, and learning. This technology can provide both educational and professional benefits, including helping students to succeed in their educational and career endeavors. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) creates professional social media environments that mirror the academically supportive environments of our schools.
The Staff Social Media Guidelines recommend practices for professional social media communication between DOE employees, as well as social media communication between DOE employees and their students. The Staff Social Media Guidelines also address recommended practices for use of personal social media by DOE staff.
In an increasingly digital world, we want our students to have all the opportunities that multi-media learning can provide, which is why we allow and encourage the appropriate use of these powerful resources. The Teachers’ Guide to Student Social Media Guidelines helps educators challenge our students with new methods of learning, while ensuring that we are using these tools responsibly.
The Student Social Media Guidelines, and the corresponding Infographics (linked below), focus on five areas:
Print out this flier to spread the word about social media guidelines to staff, students, and parents.
This Cyberbullying Presentation for Administrators (log in with your DOE username and password) provides additional helpful information about cyberbullying and what to do to help students with online interactions.
The Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP) further outlines what to do and not do.The Student Bill of Rights and Discipline Code outlines the regulations that cover students.
Professional Development is available for school staff (log in with your DOE username and password). Schools can also contact their networks to schedule a professional development opportunity. For more information, send an email to SocialMediaPD@schools.nyc.gov
This summer we are offering tech PD in partnership with Common Sense Media, Edmodo, Google, Microsoft, PBS, and SMART technologies. You can get more information about the programs (you'll need to log in with your DOE username and password).
Use our hashtag on any of your favorite social media platforms.#SoMeGuidelinesNYC