Social media is a rapidly growing area, so it is important to keep yourself up to date with any precautions you need to take when using all forms of social media. You should make yourself familiar with the school’s Social Media Policy and IT Policy and keep up to date with any changes to these policies.
Teachers are in a position of trust; therefore, it is vital that this position is not abused and that you do not put yourself in a position where you can be accused of abusing that trust. It is also essential that that you do not put yourself in a position that can be misunderstood.
INTO advises that you do not have any communication whatsoever with pupils or parents on any social networking site such as Facebook, Bebo, Google+, Myspace, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or any other form of social media. In addition, there should be no personal communication with pupils outside of the normal school day that is not sanctioned in writing by the Principal (this includes communication such as text messaging, mobile phone calls, face to face meetings etc.).
By following these simple guidelines, it will be possible to retain an active social media presence while remaining professional.