Parents and Families

What is Social Media?

Social media is any form of online publication or presence that allows interactive communication, including social networks, blogs, photo sharing platforms, internet websites, internet forums, and wikis. Examples of social media include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Edmodo, Schoology, Instagram, YouTube, Google+, and Flickr.

Families, Students and Social Media

Families today have a new role: helping children behave safely and responsibly when they're using social media. The Student Social Media Guidelines focus on five areas: 

  • Definition Social Media
  • Create the Digital Image You Want 
  • Post Responsibly 
  • Consider the Consequences 
  • Take Threats of Cyberbullying Seriously

For Students 12 and Younger

For Students 13 and Older

Parent Guide to the Student Social Media Guidelines: 12 and Younger 
The New York City Department of Education collaborated with parents and teachers to create the Parent Guide to help you bring these concepts into conversations at home.

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Social Media Guidelines for Students 12 and Younger
The Student Social Media Guidelines: 12 and Younger provide information about how to use social media responsibly, both within and outside the school community.  

Activity Book
The Activity Book has games and puzzles for students to do after reading the Student Social Media Guidelines: 12 and Younger. The games use the vocabulary and ideas from the Guidelines

Parent Guide to the Student Social Media Guidelines: 13 and Older 
The New York City Department of Education collaborated with parents and teachers to create the Parent Guide to help you bring these concepts into conversations at home.

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Social Media Guidelines for 13 and Older
The Student Social Media Guidelines: 12 and Younger can help you understand how to use social media safely, responsibly, and respectfully for fun and for learning.    

Info Graphics
These interactive online posters were created with help from many public school students and teachers. Each infographic covers one section of the Social Media Guidelines:

Other Resources

Understanding Social Media is a brochure that gives an overview of social media and digital citizenship.
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It’s important to know your rights, as well as the guidelines that students are expected to follow. The Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP) provides additional information on appropriate internet use at the DOE.


The Student Bill of Rights and Discipline Code can help you if you have questions or concerns about discipline or your child's rights.

The Parent Bill of Rights tells you what you can expect from your child’s school and what is expected of you.

Learn More

If you are interested in having your school host a parent workshop about the Social Media Guidelines, contact your school's parent coordinator. 

If you have questions about the guidelines, please contact us at tech@schools.nyc.gov.