Cell Phone and Social Media Policy

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Cell Phone Policy and Social Media Policy in Class:

Cell phones and pagers ringing during class are highly disruptive. In general, cell phones and pagers should be left off during class periods. In the rare event that an emergency requires a student to monitor a cell phone or pager, the teacher candidate should inform the instructor at the beginning of the class period and sit near an exit where they may leave the room quietly.

As cell phones are, increasingly, used for pedagogical reasons, their use in class will be at the discretion of the professor. However, teacher candidates found using cell phones to take photos, selfies, videos, or images of any kind during class for any reason may receive a dispositional referral, fail the course and may be removed from the program. If you use your cell phone to text in class, you could be asked to leave and it will count as an unexcused absence.

If students are asked to leave class because of such a disruption, instructors are not obliged to allow makeup of missed work. Having a wireless communication device in hand or using earphones connected to one during examinations may be grounds for charges of academic dishonesty. Further information on disruptive behaviors, academic dishonesty and codes of student social conduct, including potential sanctions, processes and rights to appeal is published in Your Right to Know. (ISTE, Standard #4, 2008)

Cell Phone Policy and Social Media Policy during Field Experience:

Cell phone or social media use during the field experience will be at the discretion of the School-Based Teacher Educator (SBTE), in consultation with the supervisor from SUNY Brockport. Under the guidance of the SBTE, electronic communication with students and/or parents may take place. Relatedly, there may be one or more ‘phone apps’ that could be appropriate for a given lesson. Their use would be at the discretion of the SBTE.

Teacher candidates found using cell phones to take photos, ‘selfies’, videos, or images of any kind with/of P-12 students for any reason, and/or attempting to communicate with students via any social media site may receive a dispositional referral, fail the course, and may be removed from the program. (ISTE Standard #4, 2008)

Social Media Guidelines

Social media has created new ways to communicate and can lead to compromising situations that may jeopardize one’s standing in the program; especially if teaching candidates do not practice sound judgment while using social media. Therefore, the faculty encourages you to abide by the following guidelines:

1.  Do not communicate, accept or seek friend requests, or send photos of any kind to students through social media sites (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumbler, Social Gaming, Yik Yak, Vine, Periscope, SAP, Messenger, Tango, or Spotify.
2.  Do not post any of your students’ images on any social media site (i.e. video clips or pictures).
3.  Do not share or exchange cell phone numbers with students.
4.  All personal social media profiles should be set to private.

     a.  Facebook photos–set to private/change name
     b.  Instagram photos–set to private/change name
     c.  Snapchat–Set to private. Do not send photos because people can save your photo.
     d.  Twitter–Set to private
     e.  Dating sites–Set to private or just delete account.  High school students are on these sites as well.
5.  Do not post any questionable images or statements that can be interpreted as negative, degrading or lacking in judgment.  Examples include political statements or pictures of a sexual nature or demonstrate a lack of judgment by drinking alcohol, smoking or chewing tobacco. 
6.  Google yourself monthly to make sure that there is nothing on the internet about you that is      inappropriate.

Last Updated 10/14/22