The National School Public Relations Association says it’s important for schools and districts to set policies about blogging. I agree, and would venture to say that should have been done long before now. Why? Because more and more people (taxpayers, parents) are reading and creating blogs, and because some of these blogs influence what we all see in other (mainstream) media.
But every rose has its thorns, and blogging is a powerful tool that can be used for good or for . . . not-good. This NSPRA Tip Sheet points to some examples of corporate blogging policies that might be adapted for your organization. It also points to some examples of teacher blogs which, I notice, have not been updated in months. Hmmmm. . . .
In one case, the anonymous teacher-blogger, Ms. X, uses profanities. As long as she’s blogging anonymously Ms. X is beyond the reach of any policy a school or district might set. But someone along the way could well figure out who she is (or he, which is possible), and then reactions will begin.
So–even if schools and districts do have blogging policies, what can they do if the blogger chooses to remain anonymous?