Below you will find the new social networking guidelines which provide the following guidelines for Clark coaches & Student-Athletes for social networking site usage:
• Everything you post is public information – any text or photo placed online is completely out of your control the moment it is placed online – even if you limit access to your site. Information (including pictures, videos, and comments) may be accessible even after you remove it. Once you post a photo or comment on a social networking site, that photo or comment becomes the property of the site and may be searchable even after it’s removed.
• What you post may affect your future. Many employers and college admissions officers review social networking sites as part of their overall evaluation of an applicant. Carefully consider how you want people to perceive you before you give them a chance to misinterpret your information (including pictures, videos, comments, and posters).
• Similar to comments made in person, the Clark Montessori Athletic Department will not tolerate disrespectful comments and behavior online, such as:
- Derogatory language or remarks that may harm my teammates or coaches; other Clark student athletes, teachers, or coaches; and student-athletes, coaches, or representatives of other schools, including comments that may disrespect my opponents.
- Incriminating photos or statements depicting violence; hazing; sexual harassment; full or partial nudity; inappropriate gestures; vandalism, stalking; underage drinking, selling, possessing, or using controlled substances; or any other inappropriate behaviors.
- Creating a serious danger to the safety of another person or making a credible threat of serious physical or emotional injury to another person.
- Indicating knowledge of an unreported school or team violation—regardless if the violation was unintentional or intentional.
In short, do not have a false sense of security about your rights to freedom of speech. Understand that freedom of speech is not unlimited. The on-line social network sites are NOT a place where you can say and do whatever you want without repercussions. The information you post on a social networking site is considered public information. Protect yourself by maintaining a self-
image of which you can be proud for years to come.
By signing this document, I have read it to its entirety and fully understand Clark Athletics Social Media Policy. I understand the potential consequences the may result from misusing social media avenues the detrimental affects it can have on a individual, team, athletic department, school, and community.