Moderation Policy

Independent Schools Victoria welcomes your participation through our online channels, including Twitter, our Facebook page and other online and social media channels that may be added in future.

We strive to maintain a positive, friendly and informative environment for all visitors. Independent Schools Victoria, as is common practice, moderates content and may edit or delete visitor comments.

Moderation and Removal Policy

In particular, we will remove at our absolute discretion, any content that is unrelated to education and the topics of interest to our communities, and material that we deem as commercial, advertising, solicitation or spam, including the posting of the same or similar message more than once. Content will be removed or edited that includes profanity, offensive language, personal details, especially private information that relates to individual students, parents, teachers or private figures. All content that appears automated, unintelligible or is linked to unrelated sites or content will be removed. Similarly, content that impersonates another person, or falsely misrepresents your affiliation with any person or entity, or is confidential in nature will be removed.

Inappropriate Content

Content will be moderated or removed that disparages or demonstrates unfair or unfounded bias on the basis of race, colour, sex, religion, nationality, ethnic or national origin, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or age or is otherwise objectionable. Items that may breech Australia law, content ownership rights, or may be considered offensive (harassment, threatening, abusive, violent, malicious or unduly inflammatory) will be moderated or deleted and in certain cases reported. Independent Schools Victoria will also adhere to the policies and instructions of the platforms and online channels through which our content is published, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.

Age and Audience Appropriateness

Independent Schools Victoria produces online content for everyone interested in education in Australia, including some student audiences. For this reason, we set our anticipated audience age to the lowest rating available on each online channel (generally G-rated). We expect participants on these platforms to respect this content classification, specifically avoiding any content that may be considered adults-only in nature, and we will moderate our content channels accordingly. We also aim to provide a fair, balanced and friendly environment for our member schools and communities and will moderate or remove content that may put this commitment at risk, including negative and prejudicial content about specific schools, education practices and comparative performance.

General Nature of Content

The content of our online and social media channels is published to provide a summary and general overview of matters of interest. We use our best endeavours to ensure accuracy and currency, within the limitations imposed by the resources of the organisation. No guarantee is, however, made and specific situations may often require specialist advice. No material constitutes legal advice and you may not rely upon it as such.

Content Rights and Links

Independent Schools Victoria owns the copyright for, has been given permission to, or is allowed under Creative Commons to reproduce all the material published through these channels. In relation to third-party links provided purely for convenience, we make no representations about the accuracy or currency of the information on those websites, nor are we liable for their content.

Automation and Settings

We may also use the settings of social media and online platforms to manage privacy and account settings and to reduce the risk of abuse and malicious behaviour, including but not limited to preventing newly created or unidentifiable accounts from making comment, forcing moderation and automated filtering where possible.

Repeated Abuse and Reporting

Posting of content that repeatedly violates this policy will result where possible in the account being banned, black-listed and reported.

Response and Moderation Timeframe

We aim to respond to direct questions and participate in conversation threads in a timely manner; however, we cannot guarantee responses to all questions and comments and may take some time to ensure an accurate and considered response. Similar consideration may be required in the ongoing moderation of content and we make no specific commitment to time frames for publishing comments or moderating content.

We strive to make our online channels positive environments for the participation of our communities of interest, and reserve the right to update this policy as required and without notice. We value your opinion, and thank you for contributing to Independent Schools Victoria’s community engagement through online and social media channels.