Social Media Use
IPoly recognizes the rights of students who participate in online social networking. Our guidelines are designed to create an atmosphere of good will, honesty, and individual accountability. Students should always keep in mind that information produced, shared, and retrieved by them is a reflection on the school community and is subject to the School’s policies.
When accessing, creating, or contributing to any blogs, wikis, podcasts, or other social media for classroom or personal use, we expect you to keep these guidelines in mind:
- Social media venues are public and information can be shared beyond your control.
- Be conscious and responsible of what you post online as you will leave a long-lasting impression on many different audiences.
- Do not post or link anything (photos, videos, web pages) to your social networking sites that you wouldn’t want friends, peers, parents, teachers, college admissions officers, or future employers to access. What you present on social networking forums represents you forever.
- Electronic communication between IPoly students and staff should be aligned through district email, educational links/blogs that teachers have provided to support student learning.
- Students should not send a ‘friend request’ through a private social network website to an IPoly staff member.
- If responding to someone with whom you disagree, remember to be respectful. Make sure that criticism is constructive and not hurtful.
- Only accept social network invitations from people you know. Online stalkers and identity thieves are a real threat. Never share personal information.
- Do not misrepresent yourself by using someone else’s identity.
- Cyberbullying is considered an act of harassment and bullying and may result in loss of school computer privileges and/or suspension from school.