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Establish a policy for dealing with incidents in which students break school rules and their inappropriate behavior is showcased publicly on social-networking sites.

Outline clear guidelines for administrators that spell out how schools should discipline students based on information garnered from social-networking sites, and let parents and students know about those rules.

Educate students about online-safety issues and how to use sites such as Facebook and MySpace responsibly.

Have a policy in place for dealing with cyber bullying.

If teachers are using social-networking sites for educational purposes, they should establish clear guidelines for how they intend to communicate with students via those sites.

Vol. 02, Issue 01, Page 17

Published in Print: June 9, 2008, as TIPS
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