Teachers have a professional obligation to develop and maintain professional relationships with learners based on the best interests of those learners.
Social media provides a great opportunity to collaborate and communicate with parents and whānau.
Teachers who model good social media use will grow learners who apply positive, respectful values in their interactions on social media platforms.
As a member of the profession you should seek and respond to opportunities to share knowledge and discuss concerns.
Before and as you use social media tools in your work and personal life, keep the following in mind
Maintain appropriate boundaries
Be respectful and take into account
- the views and opinions of your colleagues, learners, and parents/guardians
- the privacy of those involved in your groups and the things you share
Be clear about
- the purpose of your interactions via social media
- the purpose and lifespan of online spaces you set up for teaching and learning purposes
- situations where you need to seek agreement from learners, colleagues and parents/guardians
Be open to learning by
- taking advantage of the knowledge and expertise of your colleagues
- seeking guidance from a professional leader as soon as you have a concern
Be aware of how persistent and shareable your posts are
Be responsible and role model for your learners and colleagues by
- being transparent and upfront about your online identity
- owning the content you create
- keeping your own privacy settings up to date and appropriate