Social Media Policy Web-Based Proposal:

Palm Beach County Public Schools

by: Tiffany R. Harvey


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*According to “The School District Of Palm Beach County” (2017),  “The School District of Palm Beach County is the eleventh largest in the nation and the fifth largest in the State of Florida with 185 schools, serving more than 194,300 students who speak 154 languages and dialects. As the largest employer in Palm Beach County, the school district has 22,051 employees, including more than 12,729 teachers”.

In the following proposal, we will be addressing some foundation pieces pertaining to social media for district employees that will aid in keeping everyone accountable, safe, and steering towards a beneficial path.  

According to the peer reviewed article by Papandrea (2012), ” participating in social media can enhance communication and collaboration, facilitate social interaction, promote creativity, and help develop writing and technical skills (p. 1605).  Social media definitely has its place in the school system, but guidelines must be proposed and enacted in order for this technology to be used properly and safely.

  • What is the importance of setting guidelines for employee use before social media tools are launched within an organization?
    • Provide a structure for employees on how to use social media – such as which platforms are beneficial to their current roles (Twitter, Linkedin, etc)
    • Provide rules & regulations for using social media to prevent future issues from arising e.g. teachers giving unwelcome or uncomfortable online attention to students also known as stalking (Warnick, Bitters, & Falk, 2016).
    • Provide an environment that would work to prevent security lapses and situations by providing training to employees on how to use social media safely


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  • Why should employees carefully consider the content they share within the social media space?
    • Content shared is in most cases forever and permanent
    • Content shared can put yourself, others, and the school district in jeopardy if inappropriate.  The peer-reviewed article “Social Media in Schools: A Treasure Trove or Hot Potato?” mentions several examples of teachers specifically putting themselves in jeopardy via posts on their personal Facebook pages (Wang, 2013).  For example, a Georgia high school English teacher was asked for resignation after pictures of him holding glasses of wine and beer were seen by complaining parents (Wang, 2013).  In another example, a special education teacher shared perceived sexually provocative posts on his Facebook page and was terminated (Wang, 2013).  Teachers must be very careful in their usage of social media as it could ultimately affect their livelihood as a teacher.
    • Content sharing can be viewed 24/7, 365 days a year around the world



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  • How might social media tools affect an employee’s online and in-person reputation?
    • Usage of certain social media tools is reflective of the character and moral aptitude of the person (e.g. which platforms used & frequency)
    • Content (e.g. photos & written content) published on social media tools is also reflective of the character and moral aptitude of the person
    • Individual’s online reputation will add to the individual’s in person reputation and persona.  They now go hand and hand in our corporate workplace.


Cyber Deception

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  • How can an organization ensure accountability and responsible use of social media within the workplace?
    • Frequent Training
    • Monitoring of social media especially on district equipment
    • Establishing a protocol/disciplinary action for use with all employees



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  • How is the individual employee affected by responsible use within an organization’s social learning environment?
    • The individual will be given a model to follow accordingly
    • The individual will be shown what not to do on social media
    • The individual will be part of a responsible & respectable organization that takes the necessary precautions and procedures on how to use social media




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  • How will your proposal for a social media policy enhance the organization’s professional development environment?
    • Give the district a “rule book” to follow to appropriate as they find necessary for their individual needs
    • Give the district a policy to share with employees, students, and parents
    • Give the district a policy that can be used for training and disciplinary action



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