OLJ Module 5 Task social media policy (in primary schools)

1. Kroski, E. (2009). Should your library have a social media policy? School Library Journal. Retrieved from  http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6699104.html

The author, an information consultant, reference librarian and faculty member of various US universities, outlines some of the reasons for having a school library social media policy for both staff and students. Kroski(2009) recognizes that many schools block social networking sites but points out that students and staff can still access these on their own accounts.  The article lists what to include in a guideline or policy and also links social media policies from a variety of organisations.


2.   Giffards Primary School. (2011). Giffards Primary School social networking policy.Giffard Primary School. Retrieved from  http://www.giffardsprimary.thurrock.sch.uk/PDFs/396/social%20networking%20policy.pdf

This incredibly strict policy was prepared by Giffards Primary school in 2011 in response to the growing use by staff and students of social networking sites. It provides precise guidelines for using social networking during school hours, outlines what is considered acceptable online behaviour and is very specific about child protection issues and cyberbullying. It also details disciplinary action incurred if this policy is breached by staff or students, illustrating the extreme wariness with which primary schools approach social media.


3.  NSW Department of Education and Training. (2011, March15). Social Media Policy.  Retrieved 2012, from


This is the NSW DET policy on social media use for staff, implemented in 2011.  It supports staff use and recognizes the value of blogs, wikis, social networking sites amongst others.  It outlines standards of staff online behaviour such as the code of conduct, and while it does not specifically address students’ use of social media it does provide links to related documents such as Online Communications Services – Acceptable Usage for School Students and NSW Public School Values.


4. Masseni, D. (2010). Why schools are spooked by social media (Rep.). Retrieved December 29, 2011, from



Denis Masseni, a lecturer in multi media at Monash University, identifies, in his 2010 survey of Victorian school principals,  the reasons why  schools are hesitant to use social media. After summarizing the survey and addressing the “blockers” for social media use in schools he suggests three “defensive” strategies, social media monitoring, policy and the law, and puts a strong case for using social media to strengthen school communities but warns that schools must develop policy for behaviour both inside and outside school hours.


Varlas, L. (2011). Can social media and school policies be “friends”? ASCD. Retrieved 2012, from


Laura Varlas is a blogger for the website ASCD (Association for supervision and Curriculum Development) a US based non-profit organization providing professional development for educators.  The article gives a good case for using social media in K-12 schools, reviews US legislation COPPA (1998) and CIPA(2000) and goes on to give interesting examples of how and why schools either use or block social media. Varlas advocates having clear guidelines for students and teachers using social media to educate children about cybersafety and digital citizenship.



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