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Pocatello Mulls Social Media Policy

Social media policy under consideration by the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District, after controversy surrounding posting by a teacher of her fiance touching her clothed breast:

“When using social media for personal postings and comments on the sites of others, even when a student may not be ‘friended’ or directly included in the communication, be advised that an employee has very limited control over what occurs with these postings,” the policy says. “Oftentimes such private postings and electronic communications become ‘public’ and could cause an employee embarrassment or could cause unintended certification/licensure issues and unintended employment consequences. Inappropriate postings on social media sites could lead to discipline, up to and including termination and could lead to a certificated employee’s suspension or loss of a teaching credential.” Full story here.

Question: Is this a reasonable social media policy for public employees?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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