Social Media Policy

Holy Rosary College of Santa Rosa Laguna, Inc. (HRC), recognizes that teachers, students and parents engage with social media applications. The school accepts that the use of Social Media can be an effective business and social tool and that such media is commonly used by members of the HRC community to express their views, comments, and ideas on a whole range of issues.

HRC expects its community, when using Social Media, to show courtesy and respect to others. It should not be used to abuse others, expose them to offensive or inappropriate content or to denigrate or show disrespect for the school or members of its community. The community is expected to uphold the values of the school in all Social Media interactions. Staff, students and parents will not act in such a way that the image of HRC is brought into disgrace nor in a way that harms members of the school community.

This policy is not intended to discourage nor unduly limit a person’s personal expression or online activities; however, potential for direct or indirect damage to be caused to others in our community or the school through inappropriate use of Social Media is very real. As such a person’s online behavior should reflect the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration that a person uses face-to-face, and be in accordance with the core values of HRC.

When using Social Media, members of the HRC community are expected that they:

  • Demonstrate appropriate personal and professional boundaries and behaviors.
  • Demonstrate good digital citizenship.
  • Ensure their online behavior reflects the same standards of honesty, respect, and consideration that a person uses when communicating face-to-face.
  • Respect the rights, privacy and confidentiality of others.
  • Ensure all content published is accurate and not misleading.
  • Consider whether how and what you post reflects on your professional or personal character, and the welfare of others.
  • Think before they post.
  • Do not post or respond to material that is offensive, obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, bullying, discriminatory, hateful, threatening, violent, racist, sexist, pornographic, infringes copyright or is otherwise unlawful or might cause damage to the School’s reputation or bring it into disrepute.

It is important to note that even with the strictest privacy settings, what a person ‘says’ online should be in keeping with the expectations outlined above. A ‘private conversation’ may still end up being shared into a more public domain, even with privacy settings on maximum. As such a person is always responsible for what they post regardless of circumstances or intention.