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How to Build a Sound Policy for the Use of Social Media and School Websites

Every school has a website. Most students―and even teachers―are on social media. But a challenge within most school districts still exists: the lack of sound policies for the use of social media and even a school’s own website.


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Social Network Spotlight: Twitter

Twitter is the king of what is know as “microblogging.” Tweets are comprised of 140 characters, can contain links, images and videos, and can be shared publicly or to a chosen group privately.


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Social Network Spotlight: Snapchat

Snapchat is a unique photo sharing social network. Users are able to send photos and videos that “expire” in a chosen amount of time. The app is based around a friend list where users can send and receive photos and videos either publicly or privately.


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Social Network Spotlight: Instagram

Owned by Facebook, Instagram is a social photo sharing website and mobile application that allows users to share photos privately to an approved list of users, or publicly to anyone with an account or link.


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Social Network Spotlight: Facebook

Facebook is a social network veteran and, while originally only available to college students, has since opened its doors to many others from grade school students to senior citizens. With over 1 billion monthly active users, it’s important to stay on top of the collection of bells and whistles users can access on Facebook.


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Social Network Spotlight: Tumblr

Tumblr is a microblogging platform owned by Yahoo that allows users to post photos, videos, text and other media created by themselves or “reblogged” from other users. Tumblr embraces adult/mature content.


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Introducing Social Network Spotlight

Comprised of input from Gaggle Safety Management, which includes experts on student communications and interactions online, as well as former educators, Social Network Spotlight is a go-to resource for the pros and cons regarding each social network in addition to Gaggle’s own recommendations and safety ratings.


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Social Media and Cyber Safety

New social media sites are rolling out more quickly than anyone can keep up. One of the newest sites on the scene is—a site where students can ask questions with the option of being anonymous has led students to be mean and deceitful to their peers.  Across the board students are becoming more obsessed…