The Educator’s Guide to Social Media

Year of production: 2020

Image is illustrative. By Merakist on Unsplash.

This Educator’s Guide to Social Media is designed to provide a framework for thinking about how to best use social media and protect your& your students’ privacy on social media, interact with students, as well as with parents and colleagues, teach your students about social media safety, privacy, security and digital literacy, debunk myths about social media, dealing with abusive or dangerous student online content, and professionally learning with social media.


ConnectSafely is a Silicon Valley, California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating users of connected technology about safety, privacy and security. Here you’ll find research-based safety tips, parents’ guidebooks, advice, news and commentary on all aspects of tech use and policy. Whether it’s social media, mobile technology or the “Internet of Things,” connected technologies bring us enormous advantages, along with some challenges. ConnectSafely’s job is to help users get the most from their technology while managing the risks and help decision makers craft sensible policies that encourage both innovation and responsible use. ConnectSafely has been a leading voice for rational, research-informed policies — not “moral panics” — when it comes to dealing with challenges brought about by emerging technologies.We are the U.S. host of Safer Internet Day, a global celebration that takes place on the second Tuesday of each February, and founders of the One Good Thing campaign to surface and celebrate the many ways people of all ages and cultures use connected technology to make the world a better place.ConnectSafely was founded in 2005 by technology journalist Larry Magid, also founder of, and Anne Collier of NetFamilyNews.