Fishers High School Social Media Policy (FHS Student Handbook)
Participation in activities, groups, and teams is a privilege at Fishers High School. The use of social media on and off campus by a student considered to be “unbecoming of a Tiger” or reflects discredit upon FHS may result in discipline including suspension or removal from the activity, group, leadership position, or team.
What is Social Media
Social Media is an online community that allows individuals to share text, photos, audio, and video with others in real-time. Social Media platforms are evolving at a rapid pace and include apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Tik Tok, Pinterest, Linkedin, etc.
Social Media Usage as a Fishers Tiger
- represent yourself, your coaches, your team, and your school in a positive way
- honor your sport, your opponent, and the spirit of sportsmanship
- promote the positive aspects of being a Fishers Tiger
- own your “likes” and “retweets” and understand that
- do not post hateful messages based on protected characteristics (e.g., race, ethnicity, sexual orientation)
- do not post material that promotes illegal activity (g., bullying, hazing, sexual harassment)
- avoid posting when competitive emotions are high
Additional Guidelines for Athletes (www.coachad.com By John Williams)
Here are five guidelines you should share with your student-athletes regarding appropriate use of social networks.
- Avoid sharing private information.Be careful of how much and what kind of identifying information you post on social networks. It’s unwise to make available information such as date of birth, social security number, address, phone numbers, class schedules, bank account information or details about your daily routine. All of these can facilitate identity theft or stalking. Remember that once posted, the information becomes the property of the website.
- Consider your career.Be aware that potential current and future employers and college admissions offices can access information you post on social networking sites. Realize that any information you post provides an image of you to prospective employers or schools. The posting is considered public information. Protect yourself by maintaining a self-image you can be proud of years from now.
- Watch out for ‘phishing.’Be careful in responding to unsolicited emails asking for passwords or PIN numbers, also known as “phishing.” Reputable businesses do not ask for this information online.
- Understand your rights.Do not have a false sense of security about your rights to freedom of speech. Understand that freedom of speech is not unlimited and not without consequence. Social networking sites are not a place where you can say and do whatever you want without repercussions.
- Protect your photos.Remember that photos put on social networks become the property of the site. You may delete the photo from your profile, but it still stays on their server. Internet search engines like Google or Yahoo may still find that image long after you have deleted it from your profile. Think long and hard about what type of photo you want to represent you.