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Sunday, April 22, 2012

School Districts Explore Social Media Policies

SEAFORD, Del.- Should students and teachers connect on social media sites like Facebook? School districts across Delmarva are weighing this question, and at least 40 districts nationwide have already approved social media policies.
Stephanie Smith, the director of human resources for the Seaford School District, recently wrote a dissertation on this issue. Smith said there are merits to educators using social networking pages to disseminate information, but that a line needs to be drawn to protect students and teachers alike.
"Having clear expectations set forth at the beginning and having a policy of what is or isn't okay when it comes to social media interaction [is important]," Smith said. "If you have that up front, then it protects teachers as well."
Smith said the Seaford School District has discussed a social media policy, but that nothing is in place yet

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