Pause Before You Post™ - Educators

Educators are in a unique position to influence the online behavior of youth in a number of important ways. In addition to the ideas included in school policies and student manuals, Pause Before You Post can help. Also, you can:

Actively monitor student internet usage

If you witness students being irresponsible or unwise when creating or posting digital content, consider pointing out the long-term concerns in a way that is instructive but not scolding the student. If done correctly, the teen will hopefully realize they had not completely thought through the range of implications that could stem from their content – both for them and for others. Stories of misuse from the media can be frequently shared with students to constantly pique their consciences about the reality of fallout from unwise electronic communications.

Promote a positive digital reputation

Oftentimes posts are based on emotion or a felt urgency to respond. Unfortunately, it can lead to misunderstandings, misinterpretations, or unintended disparagements that are viewable by many, including those whose friendships and relationships matter on a personal or professional level. If employers and college admissions coordinators search for students online and find questionable or odd content, they may pigeonhole and label the student and move onto the next applicant – thereby summarily denying the student an opportunity.

Reinforce Pausing throughout the school

Infuse important lessons about online safety and responsibility into a variety of classroom activities by either telling stories of positive student postings or presenting examples from the news where students’ mistakes got them into trouble. If all teachers touch on the topic briefly, students will learn that all adults are serious about the issue.

Video Q&A

We asked experts Dr. Justin Patchin and Dr. Sameer Hinduja the tough questions, watch their answers below.

Why should schools deal with after hours social media issues?

Why does social media often create difficulty for kids?

How can adults become social media role models for teens?

What advice would you give a student in a potential cyberbullying situation?

How can adults help students avoid reacting emotionally to online situations?

What's the best way to communicate to students about these issues?

What tools are available for adults to help guide students in their online decisions?

Should students and educators "friend" each other online?

What should students know about communication with teachers online?

What can communities do to help prevent hazardous situations?

How can adults stay current with technology and social media?

How is technology altering the way we communicate?

What technology guidelines should parents implement with their children?

Why do some kids post questionable content online?

What problems are school counselors seeing around social media?