Milton Area School District
Blogging Guidelines for Staff and Students
This is a set of general guidelines for the use of blogs at Milton Area School District. Blogs are considered an extension of the classroom and therefore are subject to these guidelines as well as the rules and regulations and the network/internet Acceptable Use Policy at MASD.
These guidelines, although extensive, do not cover every contingency. If you are ever in doubt about the appropriateness of a blog post or comment, ask your supervisor, a teacher, or a parent.
Safe and Responsible Blogging
Blogging is an extension of your classroom. You should not write anything on a blog that you would not say or write in your classroom. Use common sense. If you are ever in doubt about a post or comment, think twice and reconsider. Or, ask your supervisor, a teacher, or parent whether or not what you are considering posting is appropriate. Here are some specific items to consider:
- Blogs are used as learning tools, as extensions of classroom conversations and activities, thinking and learning outside of regular class time, and as the basis for beginning new classroom discussions or activities. In all cases, always follow all rules and suggestions that are offered by your teachers regarding appropriate posting and commenting in your class.
- Blogs are about ideas. Therefore, agree or disagree with the idea, not the person. Freedom of speech does not give you the right to be uncivil. Use constructive criticism and use evidence to support your position.
- Blogs are public. Whatever you post on a blog can be read by anyone and everyone on the Internet. Even if you delete a post or comment, it has often already been archived elsewhere on the web. Do not post anything that you wouldn’t want your supervisor, parents, your best friend, your worst enemy, or a future employer to read.
- Blog safely. NEVER post personal information on the web, including but not limited to students’ full names, personal details including address or phone numbers, or personal or family photographs.
- Any speech that is considered inappropriate in the classroom is inappropriate on a blog. This includes, but is not limited to profanity; racist, sexist or discriminatory remarks; personal attacks.
- Monitor any comments you receive on your classroom blog, and if they are inappropriate, delete them.
- Linking to web sites from your blog or blog comments is useful and resourceful. But never link to something without reading the entire article to make sure it is appropriate for a school setting.
- Use of quotations in a blog is acceptable. Make sure that you follow the proper formatting and cite the source of the quote.
- Pictures that relate to classroom instruction may be inserted into a blog. Make sure that the image is appropriate for use in a school document and copyright laws are followed. Do not post personal pictures.