Considerations for Blogging Teachers
- Public v. anonymous: are you willing to sign your name to the comments you post?
- A blog has the potential to be read by thousands of people, including those you are writing about.
- Do not blog on the job.
- Use your own equipment, not the school district's equipment.
- The truth is always better than the opposite, so think before you blog.
- If your blog is public, do not use personally identifiable information when discussing colleagues, parents, and especially students.
Considerations for District Blog Policies
- Encourage bloggers to take responsibility for their postings.
- Prohibit the use of school mascots, symbols, logos, or other district trademarks on employee blogs.
- Prohibit blogging during the school day.
- Prohibit the use of school district property for personal blogs.
- Require the use of a disclaimer regarding the statements posted on blogs.
- Develop the policy with staff bloggers' input, make sure all staff are aware of the policy, and give notice that administrators may visit the blogs at any time.
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