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Educational Services Social Media Policy

The Governing Board supports the use of online social media to facilitate district programs, departments and school sites in building a more successful parent, community, student and employee network. “Social Media” includes the various online technology tools that enable people to communicate easily over the internet to share information and resources. Social media can include text, audio, video, images, podcasts, and other multimedia communications. These websites not only provide information, but allows for interaction during this informational exchange through user-generated content.

For Students:

Students are permitted to use social media at school as long as it is school related. We encourage students to check their school’s Facebook page, their teacher’s class page and groups on Facebook, and school related Twitter feeds. As always, your teacher will determine the appropriate time during class to use any technology.

It is also very important that students keep safe, smart and be responsible digital citizens. Students in the Escondido Union High School District will learn curriculum from CommonSenseMedia.org:

    • Grade 9: Private Today, Public Tomorrow – Students reflect on their responsibility to protect the privacy of others when posting information about them online.
    • Grade 10: Risky Online Relationships¬†– Students think critically about developing relationships with people online.
    • Grade 11: College Bound – Students learn that everything they or anyone else posts about them online becomes part of a public online presence known as a digital footprint.
    • Grade 12: Taking Perspectives on Cyberbullying¬†– Students learn about the dynamics of online cruelty and how it affects all of the people involved.

A good rule of thumb would be if you would not bring it to a college admissions interview, do not post it online!

The Board Policy for students regarding social media use at school can be found here.

For Parents:

The Escondido Union High School Distict embraces the appropriate use of social media at school. Students and staffare permitted to use social media at school as long as it is school related. We encourage students to check their school’s Facebook page, their teacher’s class page and groups on Facebook, and school related Twitter feeds. As always, a teacher will determine the appropriate time during class to use any technology.

If you wish to review the curriculum, please visit CommonSenseMedia.org and click on the “High School” tab. You will find the 4 core lessons that students will be taught by grade.

Parents will also find helpful information to talk to their children about Cyberbullying. A Parents Guide to Facebook from Parents Magazine.

For Teachers:

The Escondido Union High School District embraces the appropriate use of social media at school. Students and staff are permitted to use social media at school as long as it is school related. We encourage students to check their school’s Facebook page, their teacher’s class page and groups on Facebook, and school related Twitter feeds. As always, a teacher will determine the appropriate time during class to use any technology.

Students will be taught one key lesson in each grade as outlined above in the “For Students” section. Each lesson is 45 minutes and is ready to be fully implemented.Training and support for teachers will be provided by Educational Services/Technology.

Online Resources:

The Board Policy for teachers regarding social media use at school can be found here.

Questions? Contact Damon Blackman, Director of Educational Technology, via email or call 760-291-3235.