Media Guidelines


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HSGCA Ms. Lieberman’s Class Social Media Acceptable Usage Policy

In order to maintain an excellent learning environment we need to establish guidelines for conduct and safety in the Photography Computer Lab. Social Media refers to any type of online communication tool that permits interactive communication between individuals. Proper usage enables students to get the most out of instruction to do their best in school and to succeed in future endeavors.

Read and review the Social Media Acceptable Use Policy rules below carefully. Share this list with your parents and/or guardian.  If you have any questions about the Social Media Acceptable Use Policy rules, ask, I will be happy to explain.

All students are held responsible for knowing and understanding the rules. If a student does not follow the rules there will be consequences.

Your reply signature at the bottom of this page is a promise to obey the rules. Observance of the rules insures that all students are responsible users.

Policy of Proper Social Media Usage

    • Internet access at school is for educational purposes only.
    • Parents and guardians are encouraged to responsibly monitor their child’s use of the internet at home.
    • These guidelines extend to all DOE employees and students.
    • Parents will be informed about the social media activities their children participate in via school. Parents are encouraged to contact me with any questions or concerns.
    • According to the NYC Department of Education Social Media Guidelines, students are prohibited from disclosing personal information, harassing or discriminating against others, or using obscene language.
  • “Professional social media communication must be in compliance with existing Chancellor’s Regulations, DOE policies and applicable laws, including, but not limited to, prohibitions on the disclosure of confidential information and prohibitions on the use of harassing, obscene, discriminatory, defamatory or threatening language.”
  • “No personally identifiable student information, as defined in Chancellor’s Regulation A- 820 may be posted by DOE employees on professional social media sites that are open beyond the classroom, which may include, for example, a “buddy” class in another country. If images of students are to be posted online there must be a media consent form on file at the school for each child featured.”  
  • Do not post pictures of students or DOE employees without written consent.
  • “DOE students who participate in professional social media sites may not be permitted to post photographs or videos featuring other students without the approval of the teacher or other DOE employee responsible for the site.”
    • DOE employees should not post or tag other DOE employees without written consent.
  • “It is not recommended that DOE employees post photos of other DOE employees on professional social media sites without prior permission of the photographed employee.”

Monitoring & Procedures for Proper / Professional Use

    • Classroom sites are monitored by DOE administrators on a regular basis.
    • Students should not post images or give out any personal information about themselves or other individuals without proper written consent.
    • Students should inform their teacher or another administrator when they see inappropriate materials, materials that make them uncomfortable.
    • According to NYC Department of Education Social Media Guidelines
  • “DOE employees who decide to engage in professional social media activities should maintain separate professional and personal e-mail addresses.“
      • DOE employees may communicate with students when parents are notified in advance and the sites are “…are school-based should be designed to address reasonable instructional, educational, or extracurricular program matters.”  
      • “In order to maintain a professional and appropriate relationship with students, DOE employees should not communicate with students who are currently enrolled in DOE schools on personal social media sites.”
  • “Users of professional social media sites must comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws, including, but not limited to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, COPPA, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA, and intellectual property laws.”

Student Limitations

  • Do not repost private messages unless you have written permission.
  • Do not plagiarize work.
  • Do not use school computers to access inappropriate materials, profane, illegal, violent or discriminatory.
  • Do not download apps or share software without permission.
  • Do not share passwords.
  • Do not engage in malicious computer usage.

Mobile Devices & Privately Owned Computers

  • Mobile devices are permitted in schools.
  • Mobile devices must be kept in your bag and out of sight unless requested by instructor for educational purposes.
  • Privately owned computers are permitted as long as students comply with school internet rules and regulations.

Privacy Rights & Safety

  • Do not share your password with anyone or reveal any personal information online, yours or any other student.
  • Do not agree to meet anyone you meet online without parental consent.
  • If you notice any type of security issue notify a teacher immediately.
  • Students have no privacy while using school internet service.


  • Students and their parents / guardians are responsible for all equipment signed out to them. Students may only use the computer assigned to them unless  authorized by an instructor. Students and their parents / guardians are also responsible for damages incurred while the student is using said equipment. Students must report damage or theft immediately.
  • By signing your name below you acknowledge that you have read the Acceptable Use Policy, understand its terms and agree to abide by the rules as stated above.
  • Please Type your full name in the comment section of the post and include your student ID.

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