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ERIC Number: ED538597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-5
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Social Media: Developing an Acceptable Use Policy. Research Brief
Williamson, Ronald
Principals' Partnership
The growing use of social media by students and staff has led many schools to consider developing acceptable use policies. There is tremendous opportunity for improving education through the use of social media. There is also potential risk because social media can be used to access age inappropriate information and to engage in aggressive online behavior. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that policies about the use of social media be developed collaboratively with teachers and other staff, families, students and administrators. The emphasis should be on appropriate use of social media when communicating and when used in classrooms. The elements of an acceptable use policy reflect underlying values (i.e., privacy, free speech, intellectual freedom, fair inquiry, student safety). But, these values often conflict. Therefore it is important to talk about those underlying values prior to developing and implementing a policy. Examples of acceptable use policies and links to guidelines for the use of social media are included in this brief. (Contains 31 online resources.)
Principals' Partnership. Available from: Education Partnerships, Inc. Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Principals' Partnership; Union Pacific Foundation