Wilson High School Social Media Policy Proposal

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Wilson High School is the largest comprehensive public school in Washington, DC. With the rapid use of technology in the classroom, it is essential that school administration develop a social media policy that is geared towards protecting employees from liability issues. Social media is in use almost everywhere, by almost everyone. The use of the top two social media sites, Facebook and Twitter, account for over 1.4 billion user accounts (N.A., 2016). At this moment Wilson HS doesn’t have a social media policy which leaves the school and the District of Columbia Public Schools vulnerable to legal problems. The sole purpose of integrating social media in the classrooms are to assist with educating the students and bring more of an interactive approach to instruction.


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Importance of setting guidelines for employee use before social media tools are launched within an organization…

  • Guidelines will set the tone of what is expected of employees and the consequences if the employees fail to abide by the rules.
  • Guidelines will cover Wilson High School and the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) in case employees don’t abide by the rules and use social media improperly.


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Why employees should carefully consider the content they share within the social media space…

  • Wilson High School employees should always be contentious about what is being posted online because students and families can take what is posted out of context, “Only say what you would say face to face” (Roth, 2012).
  • Inappropriate content can come back to harm the teacher, school, and DCPS and can be used as evidence in the court of law.


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Examples of how social media tools affect an employee’s online and in-person reputation…

  • Wilson High School employees will not use social media to negatively attack other staff members or the school because it could affect the school’s reputation.
  • Employees must refrain from posting racial and threatening content because they are a representation of Wilson High School. It can be perceived that it is the opinion of the school.
  • Employees must refrain from post inappropriate images about other staff members which can lead to cyber bullying accusations.


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Examples of how an organization can ensure accountability and responsible use of social media within the workplace…

  • Wilson High School will review the Social media policy with all employees to ensure that they fully understand the policy and employees must sign the policy guidelines acknowledging they understand it.
  •  Employees must refrain from providing sensitive information about students and families.
  • Employees will not use the schools social media accounts for personal reasons. Corporate social responsibility means something, but not always the same thing to everybody” (Mele’, (n.d), p.69).


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Examples of how the individual employee could be affected by responsible use within an organization’s social learning environment…

  • Wilson High School employees will follow guidelines and policies as outlined in the social media policy.
  • Employees will demonstrate appropriate behavior when using social media.
  • The IT department will periodically audit discussion threads to make sure employees are in compliance with the policy.


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Reasons that support how your proposal for a social media policy will enhance the organization’s professional development environment…

  • Wilson High School employees have the opportunity to educate and disseminate important information that can reach the diverse school community.
  • Employees can use social media as a platform to start student discussions without being inside of the school building.



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