SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY 4
Inmodern day, the use of social media has become intense andconsistent, especially among the young people in schools. This is dueto the developments in social media, the internet and advancedtechnological devices (Turkle, 2007). While social media hasbenefits, its extreme use in educational institutions has adverseeffects to schools, students and also the parents. Therefore, severaleducational institutions and public school systems have adoptedsocial media policies that provide the guidelines to set boundariesfor social media (Davis, 2014). The social media policies of theschools are aimed at controlling the use of social media by thestaff, students and parents (Friedman, 2014). To examine theeffectiveness of such policies, this essay evaluates the social mediapolicies by the Tulsa Public Schools.
TulsaPublic Schools allows free sharing of decent and appropriate contentand posts on its social media platforms. However, the social mediapolicy of Tulsa Public Schools does not guarantee the security of thecontent. Similarly, Tulsa Public Schools does not guarantee anyprivacy of all the material and information shared on the school’ssocial media platforms (Tulsa Public Schools (n.d). In addition, itis the policy of Tulsa Public Schools that the use of the socialmedia of the schools is voluntary, and the information posted on theschool website is the responsibility of the guests. The schools’policy allows any guest to the social platforms to post comments andcontent.
However,Tulsa Public Schools do not allow posting of any content that isdeemed to be of harm, threatening, considered spam or inappropriatein relation to the school’s educational interests. According toTulsa Public Schools (n.d), the district has the final right toremove any content placed by any user. In addition, the Tulsa PublicSchools policy also has a policy that bars any student, member ofstaff or guest to post any comment or content that is deemed to beinappropriate. The policy also extends to bar posting or sharing ofcontent that is in contradiction with the school’s mission oreducational purposes. The Tulsa Public Schools district social mediapolicy does not allow sharing of any content that promote commercialproducts or services.
Thesocial media policies of Tulsa Public Schools are not as effective asthey were intended to be. They are only effective in controlling thecontent posted by manually removing the unwanted content. Thepolicies have not bared the posting of inappropriate content ormaterial. For instance, a mother in Oklahoma sued the Tulsa PublicSchools together with twitter, a social media company for the postingof an obscene picture of her daughter, a student at the Tulsa PublicSchools (Zhao, 2013). This indicates a proof of the inefficiency ofthe district’s social media policies. These policies are noteffective because social media is dynamic and the district allowsstudents and guests to post content without passing a sanction.
Thesocial media policy of the Tulsa Public Schools is an example of theextensive use of regulatory measures by public and private schools tocontrol the social media use. For Tulsa Public Schools, the districtallows free sharing of content that is deemed appropriate foreducational purpose. However, the district does not allow posting orsharing of inappropriate content and messages in the social mediaplatforms. However, these policies are not effective, becausestudents and guests, post content that is not sanctioned by schooladministrators.
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