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Westfield — Candidate Statements

Schools and Social Media - We Need Good Policies

David Sexton

Friday, August 29, 2014 • 5:49pm

You know what happens when a sports figure or an actor or a CEO posts something embarrassing to Facebook, or Twitter or any social media mechanism – it’s everywhere.

Improper or embarrassing communications via email or social media eclipse the countless useful things you can do with those tools. This inherent risk is why businesses have invested time and energy into crafting strong policies for the use of electronic media by their employees. They want social media as an asset, not a liability.

I was glad on Tuesday night to see that Westfield School Board voted to approve several policies related to electronic communications.

I would like to echo the comments of the board that the policy is a “living document,” and would require continuous work to improve its language over the next several years.

I would also suggest that the policy be integrated into teacher training and classroom instruction. Having a strong and complete policy is one thing; teaching people to use it is another. It’s all the difference between having a playbook and having a team that’s practiced those plays.

I think that my years of experience working both in technology as well as in reporting provide me with the skills to help both craft those policies further. I think I could provide helpful advice on how to train a good team of teachers and administrators on how to put those policies into practice.

A good electronic communication policy will help protect the excellent work that the Westfield Schools, its administrator, teacher and students regularly achieve. It helps prevent needless problems that come from inexperience with social media.

Please consider supporting me as a candidate for the Westfield Board of Education this November. 

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