Setting up an ‘official’ facebook page for your school

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Topics: Education, Facebook, Social Media

I’m hoping that you have already watched the first screencast that has given a guided tour of our Facebook presence as this one goes through the steps to set one up for your own school. Before we start there are a few things that you will need to do:

  • Have talked this through thoroughly with the SLT in school and only be proceeding once you have the green light. Do make sure that you go to SLT with good justifications for setting up and have a clear vision as to how the presence will be used to support the students and their learning. A lack of knowledge and understanding of social media will result in low confidence levels so you need to go in prepared.
  • Have a comments policy written and ready to add – this is important as the document will regulate the page. I’ve included our policy at the bottom of this post. it is important that this is clear and accessible from within the Facebook presence.
  • Have set up a new school email account that will be used to manage the official school Facebook presence. E.g. facebook@<school domain> The reasons for this are explained in the video
  • Have already set up your other social media presences (Twitter/Youtube) – again I would advise you to set up user accounts that are against specific email accounts. E.g. twitter@<school domain> These presence will add value, rich media and further interest to the school’s social presence online.

Note – in order to get your custom facebook url for your page you need to have at least 25 likes before you can through the process which is started by visiting http://www.facebook.com/username/

COSTELLO TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE COMMENT POLICY

Costello Technology College welcomes the community’s contributions to its Facebook Page (e.g. comments, photo tagging, wall posts, etc.). Community-contributed content on the Page is the opinion of the specific author and does not represent Costello Technology College. Costello abides by Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities , and the school asks its Facebook Fans to do the same. In particular, please do not “post unauthorised commercial solicitations (such as spam)”; “bully, intimidate, or harass any user”; “post content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence”; or “do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory” on Costello’s Facebook Page. Costello Technology College reserves the right, but is not obligated, to remove comments that contain commercial solicitations; are factually erroneous/libelous; are wildly off-topic; that cannot be translated into English by Google Translate or other free online translation software; or that otherwise violate Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Facebook encourages all users to utilize the “Report” links when they find abusive content. Costello Technology College thanks you in advance for your contributions to the school’s Facebook Page, and for your help in creating a safe and vibrant online community here.

11 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Denis says:

    Hi

    How do I add a Comments Policy page accessible in the same area as Wall and Info etc. for the life of me I can’t find out how to do this

    Help!!!!!!

    Regards

    denis

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  3. canape says:

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  4. This very useful and informative topic,
    we can lot rom here regardsing these issues.

    Costello Technology College thanks you inadvance for your contributions to theschool’s Facebook Page, and for your help in creating a safe and vibrant online community here.

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  5. sara says:

    interesting blog and video. I am setting up a page for a Primary School. Anyway I can block comments completely and just have it forward facing. I am worried about malicious comments. Thanks

    • DTester says:

      Thanks for the feedback. As suggested, starting out with your page as just forward facing is a good starting point. Seeing how the dynamic of the page builds over time can help you make a more informed judgement about whether you open up commenting or not.

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  7. Rob says:

    Great post. How did you reconcile having to use a real name to set up the initial Facebook account?

    • DTester says:

      Hi Rob,
      I initially used my own personal FB account to set up the page. I had no issue doing this as no posts to the page are made from an individual they are made to the page by the page. I then delegated admin rights to other school users (Head etc..) using their own FB accounts. When a member of staff leaves the school they are removed from an admin of the page. You just need to be careful to remove yourself as an admin from the page as the creator if you are sole admin as you will lose management of the page. By following this simple workflow administration of the page follows school staffing as it changes.

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