• The safest course is for staff not to "friend" students on Facebook or other social networks. If you do, be very careful about what you share.
• The Supreme Court Tinker decision in 1969 guides us. The decision was in favor of student free speech unless it disrupts education during the school day. Do not punish students for social networking acts that occur outside of the school day or privately owned network, computer, etc. unless it disrupts the educational environment. (School authority on the matter increases with ownership of network, computer, and venue, however.)
• Follow District Internet Policy and the Student Handbook discipline procedures.