Students Social Media Guidelines 

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

Student Social Media Guidelines

Social media and digital communication are essential parts of your world. Access to information brings tremendous advantages, but it also creates new responsibilities. The Student Social Media Guidelines explain how you can use social media responsibly, inside and outside of school.

For Students 12 and Younger


For Students 13 and Older

Student Social Media Guidelines: 12 and Younger
The Guidelines can help you understand how to use social media safely, responsibly, and respectfully for fun and for learning. These are some ways students are using social media:
  • Watching YouTube videos        
  • Making movies in MovieStarPlanet       
  • Posting in an Edmodo or Schoology group        
  • Talking to friends in Club Penguin
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
Student Social Media Guidelines: 13 and Older
The Guidelines provide information about how to use social media responsibly, both within and outside the school community by:         
  • Outlining recommendations for healthy social media communications       
  • Providing ideas about how to create a smart digital footprint      
  • Informing you about what to do if you become aware of dangerous postings or other hurtful information  
Social Media Infographics
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

It's important for you to know your rights, as well as the guidelines you are expected to follow. The Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy, and the Student Bill of Rights and Discipline Code can help you understand what you can and can't do, and what happens if you get in trouble.

Learn More 

If you want to learn more about digital literacy, citizenship, and social media use, ask your school librarian or technology teacher.

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