As a teacher, you’re a public figure in the eyes of students and parents. That means you have to be aware of both the positive and the negative sides to social media. The positive side is that it’s a quick and easy method of reaching people with information and up-to-the-minute updates. The negative side has to do with sharing too much information, the blurring of private and professional lives and the potential for online bullying and negative comments.
These tips can help teachers navigate the highs and lows of social media:
- Always act in accordance with the school’s Social Media/IT Policy;
- Keep your personal and professional life separate – never ‘follow’ pupils, ex-pupils or parents through social media;
- Check your privacy settings – have them at the highest security setting possible;
- ‘Follow’ with caution – only add trusted friends;
- Set higher expectations for yourself;
- If in doubt – don’t post it.