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How to Use Instagram Stories at Your Boarding School

Welcome to the world of social media. Once again we have new functionality in one of the major social networks: Instagram. However, you may be familiar with it already. That’s because it mirrors Snapchat almost identically.

Yesterday, Instagram announced its Instagram Stories feature. Functionality that allows a user to post a “story” with text and drawing overlays to followers that will disappear in 24 hours. So, as a boarding or private school, how would this functionality be useful? You may be saying “It’s not for us,” but ultimately it has a host of benefits, a few of which I’ve listed ] below:

Covering Events in Real-Time

With social networks like Facebook and Instagram, we’ve always been taught they aren’t like Twitter, where you can post consecutively to cover events in real-time. It’s not accepted. However, you now can with Instagram Stories, because in 24 hours those posts will be gone. Since the posts will disappear you don’t have to worry about them cluttering your profile page or spamming your followers. It’s their choice if they tune into your “stories” during an event to follow along with either photos or video posts. It really opens up a lot of new doors for schools who cover academic, art or athletic events.

School Announcements

How many times have you tried to post school announcements on Twitter and Facebook for them to be ignored by students? Well, the majority of students aren’t on those platforms but are on Instagram and SnapChat. Now, with Instagram Stories, you can use the 24 hour period to post an announcement to students, who likely follow you more on Instagram than anywhere else. Want to make sure students know that tomorrow is a formal day? Post a pic of a student in their formal wear, add some colorful overlay text saying “REMINDER: Formal Friday Tomorrow!” and post. Since the post will disappear in 24 hours, you don’t have to worry about the announcement becoming old news and still remaining on your profile page. Even worse, you don’t have to worry about Instagram’s new algorithm hiding the post and it showing up in student’s streams two days later.

Student Ambassadors

Students absolutely love SnapChat. It’s addicting. Since Instagram has some similar features now, it might make it more appealing to students who want to help your school. At Cheshire Academy, we have student interns who post to our Instagram. Now, they can continue to do so, but with more consistency and personality. While the posts to the profile page of your Instagram account can be focused on prospective students, the Instagram Stories could be more of the day-to-day activities on campus for students. Students can post if they are at the football camp and want others to come down and support the team, or if there’s a cool science project happening. While that may also be good content as a profile post, if the students feel more comfortable posting as a story then it’s ultimately better than nothing and will likely build a stronger connection with your student body moving forward.

What uses can you see Instagram Stories playing at your boarding or private school?

3 App Features That Should Concern Parents

Trying to stay up-to-date with all the apps your kids are downloading and using on a daily basis can be an exhausting task. However, rather than trying to police specific apps, it’s more important to focus on the app’s features themselves. By knowing which apps include the below features, you can more easily educate and monitor your child’s app activity. Continue reading 3 App Features That Should Concern Parents

Age Restrictions for Top Social Media Sites

 

Every wonder what the age restrictions are for the top social media sites in the world? Surely, these sites, which often host sensitive content and conversations, are all 18+, right? Think again. Most of them are essentially targeted to eighth graders, ages 13 and up. Why 13? The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was established to product children’s information and has deemed that an appropriate age for collecting data, but it seems pretty young for someone who could very easily find a slew of inappropriate content in a matter of seconds on these sites. Continue reading Age Restrictions for Top Social Media Sites

Three Ways Your School Can Use Twitter Polls

Announced recently, Twitter will be releasing its Polls feature to the masses very soon. Polls is a simple addition that lets users create a tweet using a question with two selectable answers below it. The poll will stay live for a 24 hour period. If you’re afraid of others seeing how you voted, fear not as it doesn’t highlight your choices publicly. Continue reading Three Ways Your School Can Use Twitter Polls

Yes, Your Teen Is Still On Facebook

The last few years we’ve heard people talking about the mass exodus of teens from Facebook. The reasonings are everything from new more appealing social networks, like Instagram and SnapChat, to the fact that parents and grandparents have taken over Facebook. The reality is that teens are still very much on Facebook, but the way they use it has changed. Continue reading Yes, Your Teen Is Still On Facebook