Social Media Contract

Capital High School Communication Technologies Department

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Social Networks and Social Media Code of Conduct


  • Students will participate in the Internet safety
    curriculum in class.
  • Students will use school email address to register accounts, if
  • Students will share this document with parent(s) or guardian(s).
  • Students will get a parent or guardian signature on the CHS
    Communication Technologies Social Networks Code of Conduct
  • Students will understand and follow the CHS Communication
    Technologies Social Networks Code of Conduct
    and the safety
    measures suggested in the safe profile settings videos available on the
    class web site for each tool used in class.

Publishing Tips

  • Be Safe
  • Be Mindful of What You Say
  • Be Respectful of Others
  • Be Informative
  • Be Interesting

Be Safe

Anyone can access the Internet and view what you write on a blog or
wiki. Even if your page is ‘protected’ there is nothing to stop your
friends from copying your material and placing it elsewhere on the web.
It is important to respect your privacy. Use your first name only and
do not use pictures of yourself in the content or as an avatar, unless
approved by the teacher. If you wish to have an image associated with
your blog, use a picture of something that represents you. Don’t give
out any personal information about yourself, anyone else or your

Be Mindful of What You Say

You are responsible for anything that is posted in your name. Always
use appropriate language and remember that how you say something is as
important as what you say. Avoid exaggeration, provocation and sarcasm
in the language you use.

Be Respectful of Others

When writing on your blog or wiki or if you are commenting on others,
always make sure what you write is fair and accurate.
When blogging or podcasting, do not record any person without his or
her consent and awareness. You must have the consent from every
individual whose voice can be heard on your podcast. Start each audio
recording by identifying everyone present by their first name only.
Other bloggers and podcaster will love to hear what you think of their
work. If you want to make some constructive criticism why not try
giving two stars and a wish (two positive comments and one thing you
think could improve).

Be Informative

Write about and present what you know. Make sure you get your facts
straight and ask for advice if you are not sure. Remember that your
blog can be searched through Google. Make sure that you write in a way
that everyone can understand e.g. limit your use of text speak.

Be Interesting

There’s no point in blogging or podcasting if people don’t read or
listen to what you say. When people leave a comment, reply to them
quickly to bring them back to your site. Make sure it is interesting.
Make it fun so that you will encourage your readers and listeners to
come back for more. One way to do this is to expand on others ideas.
You can quote other people’s work, link back to it and add your own
thoughts or opinions to their ideas.
– These tips cited from


These tips compliment your Olympia School
District Internet Use Policy
. Any inappropriate use could
lead to the loss of Internet use privileges, as stated in the OSD
Internet Use Policy, and/or other disciplinary action.


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Young adults are publishing online. They are capturing images,
video and audio with cell phones and other digital devices and posting
to social networking and social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Flickr, etc. What conduct
is safe, appropriate and legal? We need to engage students in
discussion and guide them in the proper use of information and media in
the digital age.

Student Publishing Process and Tools Used in Class













Background and Benefits of Social and Media Networks

Social networking and social media web-based tools
are very powerful communicators with tremendous potential. They help
people connect, collaborate and create. Many employers and universities
expect potential employees or students to have information
skills. Steve Borsch details many attributes of the new
skills expectations in his paper Rise
of the Participation Culture:

“While many of us were placing our attention elsewhere, the
post-dotcom-crash World Wide Web and global Internet continued to
evolve. Once seemingly focused primarily on web page publishing,
ecommerce, and transaction-oriented paradigms, an amazing array of
web-based applications, social media and social networks have burst
forth over the last several years and a new culture has emerged
comprised of people participating rather than acting as passive

Business are reaching out through these vehicles to potential clients.
Schools run virtual classes online. People are forming valuable
communities for learning, work and recreation. A new literacy is
expected of 21st century citizens. Students need to practice these
skills, understand appropriate behavior and prepare for their future.
Just like any tool, it can be used properly or not. We need to teach
students to make appropriate choices and empower them in the digital
age. What does it mean to be a responsible digital citizen? We need to
discuss and explore this in the classroom and at home. The more
students understand the potential and limitations, the better prepared
they will be for an ever changing world.

Olympia School District Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy: Helping Students Be Safe, Responsible, and Ethical Digital Creators and Consumers

ISTE Technology Standards for Students, 2016

Digital Citizens recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. Students:

  1. Cultivate and manage their digital identities and reputations and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
  2. Engage in positive, safe, legal, and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
  3. Demonstrate and understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
  4. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data collection technology used to track their navigation online.


  • Avatar
    • An avatar is a computer user’s representation of
      himself/herself or alter ego, whether in the form of a
      three-dimensional model used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon
      (picture) used on Internet forums and other communities. It is an
      “object” representing the embodiment of the user. The term “avatar” can
      also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or
      handle, of an Internet user.
  • Blog
    • (a contraction of the term “weblog”)[1] is a type of website,
      usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary,
      descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
      Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog”
      can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a
  • Digital Citizen
    • A digital citizen commonly refers to a person that
      participate in society using a certain amount of information technology
  • Information Technology
    • IT deals with the use of electronic computers and computer
      software to convert, store, protect, process, transmit, and securely
      retrieve information.
  • Olympia School
    District Internet Use Policy
  • Podcasting
    • A podcast is a series of digital media files (either audio or
      video) that are released episodically and downloaded through web
      syndication. The mode of delivery is what differentiates podcasts from
      other ways of accessing media files over the Internet, such as simple
      download or streamed web casts: special client software applications
      known as pod catchers (like iTunes, Zune, Juice, and Winamp) are used
      to automatically identify and download new files in the series when
      they are released by accessing a centrally-maintained web feed that
      lists all files associated with the series.
  • Social Media
    • Social media supports the human need for social interaction,
      using Internet- and web-based technologies to transform broadcast media
      monologues (one to many) into social media dialogues (many to many). It
      supports the democratization of knowledge and information, transforming
      people from content consumers into content producers. Businesses also
      refer to social media as user-generated content (UGC) or
      consumer-generated media (CGM).
  • Social Networking
    • A social network service focuses on building online
      communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are
      interested in exploring the interests and activities of others.

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Resources Cited

    • A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the
      easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages. Wikis
      are often used to create collaborative websites, to power community
      websites, for personal note taking, in corporate intranets, and in
      knowledge management systems