Don't Tell Secrets
It’s not okay to publish confidential information. Confidential information includes things
such as student information, grades, or any other confidential information that would identify
individuals. Protect and respect the privacy of our students, staff, parents, and school
Use Your Facebook Page, Not Your Timeline
In some states, laws have been written about when you can and when you can’t friend
someone. Most school districts believe that staff should not friend students and vice versa.
Friending parents is a little bit murkier. On top of all that, there’s the temptation to play a
level of Candy Crush on your break.
To save yourself a lot of potential headaches, only use your Facebook page. The one exception
that comes to mind is liking a person or organization as your Facebook page. Since liking can
only be done from the timeline, that’s okay. For everything else, use the page to communicate
with parents and other staff.
Don’t post anonymously or use fake names. Use your real name, be clear who you are, and
identify that you work for Omaha Public Schools. Nothing gains you notice in social media
more than honesty - or dishonesty. Do not say anything that is dishonest, untrue, or
It is important to show proper respect for the laws governing copyright and fair use or fair
dealing of copyrighted material owned by others. If you have any questions about copyright, feel free to contact Courtney Pentland in Library Services. Always attribute such work to the
original author/source. It is good general practice to link to others' work rather than
Own Up to Mistakes
If you make mistake, own up to your mistake and correct it as soon as you can. If you edit
something you wrote earlier, make it clear that you did.
Think Before You Post
Once again, it's all about judgment: using your blog or other social media outlets to trash or
embarrass others is dangerous and ill-advised. Be smart about protecting yourself and your
privacy. Contrary to what you’ve heard, once something is on the internet, it is all but
permanent, so think about what you’re about to post. You should also be cautious about
disclosing personal details.
Many social media users include a prominent disclaimer saying who they work for, but that
they're not speaking officially. This is a good idea, but don't count on it to avoid trouble.
I’ve included a few procedures that may help you manage your role as a social administrator.
I’ll keep a copy of this document updated in the District Social Administrators conference.
Anything else that others create and tips and tricks will be added over time.
Looking For A Good Logo
If you find a logo on something that you have printed through P&P, look for the P&P order
number. Contact Steve Preisman in P&P and ask for the logo from that Order Number, and he
will be happy to send it to you. Don’t worry; I already discussed this with him so it won’t be a
Create a Mail Rule
Creating a Mail Rule is something you can do inside your own Mailbox and inside the social
administrator conferences in your school or department. These rules can help you make sense of all
the email notifications that come your way. In this example, a rule is setup to send email from
Facebook into a folder. You may also wish to do this for Twitter inside your Social Admin conference.