NSPRA: Set blogging guidelines!

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?

Comments?

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6 Responses to NSPRA: Set blogging guidelines!

  1. Part of the way to stop people being so negative in anonymous posting is to encourage them to make constructive feedback and have a working environment where the whole community’s opinions are valued. Then, using a positive policy like the one we have developed:

    http://edubuzz.pbwiki.com/eduBuzzSupport

    you’re able to have responsible blogging which lends more power to the words of individuals, instead of giving decision-makers the higher ground and ability to ignore the valid comments from their people.

  2. paul says:

    Thanks for the pointer, Ewan. This looks like a useful resource.

  3. Delaina says:

    I agree, Ewan. As much as a school district may dislike it, its employees do have first amendment rights, including the right to have a blog and bash the district anonymously.

    To counteract that, it would serve a district well to have an environment where feedback is encouraged and taken seriously. It takes away that “us vs. them” mentality.

  4. Delaina says:

    And while you’re on the topic of NSPRA and blogging…

    Why doesn’t NSPRA have a blog like this one?

  5. Delaina says:

    Here is another article regarding this topic from eSchool News:

    http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/showStory.cfm?ArticleID=6844

  6. paul says:

    Delaina, thanks for the link. The article is informative and offers links to other good resources. It’ll be interesting to see how much of this kind of information is covered at the NSPRA conference this summer.
    I noticed that the article’s link to the Harvard Law Blogs site should be http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/home/ rather than what’s posted

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