Technological advances have changed how we communicate locally and globally in revolutionary ways. Opportunities for rapid communication, group discussion, and even activism, have altered our expectations for speed of response and how we interact online. Advantages associated with these possibilities include increased efficiency in sharing ideas, as well as building specific communities through varied social media channels. By the same token, the implications of posting information and extended conversations online are not yet fully defined.
To address concerns about these issues, a broadly inclusive group of Oberlin staff members has established guidelines that may inform the community of some of the risks and liabilities associated with posting information in such places as Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. That group drafted two documents: Oberlin College Educational Guidelines on Electronic Social Networking and E-Etiquette: A Quick Guide to E-mailing for Oberlin College Students, to offer guidance for electronic social networking and general communication.
As an educational institution, we want to guide our students to make use of electronic communication in a prudent manner, respecting others, and protecting themselves. We strongly encourage students and parents to read these guidelines.