With all the debates swirling around the use of social media in education, I thought it might be time to share a site that makes creating a policy regarding social networking as easy as filling out a form. Before I get started let me state I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV (always wanted to say that), so I can't promise that the policy you can create using Policy Tool will ever hold up in court. Rather, it is an easy way to build a framework you can take to your board or law firm to show that you understand the importance of social networking while demonstrating that you have regard for some of the legal ramifications that come with it.
Basically, Policy Tool asks you 12 Simple questions ranging from the name of your company (or school / district) to whether avatars are allowed for profiles and if so if there are any guidelines for said avatars. Once you have answered the 12 questions, you must agree to the Terms of Service Policy Tool lays forth and in a matter of moments you have created a general social media policy that you can use as a rough guideline for your students / staff or take to someone with much more legal expertise to expound upon.