Parent Resources for Social Media

  • Social media is a great tool that allows people to connect, share and support each other by clicking a mouse or tapping a screen. But without appropriate guidelines and boundaries, it can be a tool that is used for meanness and even bullying. Our district's bullying policy and procedures includes instances of cyberbullying. But it takes all of us working together to help keep social media channels appropriate for children and teenagers.

     

    Here are some resources designed to empower YOU to stay involved in your children's lives on social media. Keep in mind that you have the authority to choose the boundaries for your student's use of social media and digital devices -- but remember also that regular conversations with your children and teens is the most effective way to monitor and reinforce the appropriate, healthy and positive use of these popular tools. 

     

    Student Handbook Policy

    At Eudora Schools, we are proud to embrace the power of social media as a tool to communicate and engage with our parents, students and community. Negative behavior or attacks on any student or employee, by a student, employee, parent or any member of the public is disruptive to our district's positive learning environment and will not be tolerated.

     

    Setting guidelines for your family

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    It's important to understand that the dangers of social media are not limited to one site or one type of setting. Social media is changing every day, with new apps, new tools and new opportunities for users. However, parents and families can -- and should -- set guidelines for appropriate online interactions that will help guide the use of any social media platform or application.

    Remember that the first step to guiding young people is asking questions and really listening when they talk. If you can ask who they will be hanging out with on a Friday night, you should also ask about the experiences they're having on social media. It isn't always easy, but keep working to keep those lines of communication open!

     

    Guidelines for our employees

    All the employees who work in Eudora Schools agree to follow our district's social media policy, which includes the document, Social Media Guidelines for District Employees. School and district leaders work on a continuous basis to review and adapt these policies to reflect the ever-changing digital landscape.

     

    Social media platforms

    Facebook: Networking site that allows users to create and share information, including text, videos and photos with their friends.

    Twitter: Twitter is a site for short text sharing of 140 characters or less. Messages or "tweets" may include links to other websites, including YouTube, and may include a photo or video.

    Instagram: Photo sharing platform that allows followers to comment and/or "like" photos. Also includes creative photo editing capabilities.

    • 13 is the minimum user age, as defined in Instagram Terms of Service
    • Safety tips and other helpful resources: https://help.instagram.com/

    YouTube: Widely used platform for sharing and watching videos for both entertainment and learning

    Snapchat: Platform for messaging and sharing. Although Snapchat is designed so that the content disappears a few seconds after being seen, all content is recoverable in an investigation.

    WhatsApp: Free private messaging and voice calling app