Social Networking sites can be a fantastic tool for ‘keeping in touch’ with friends and relatives and finding out about the latest news. We use social media to improve the communication with our members and as a way of campaigning.  It can also be used as an excellent learning tool in classrooms.  Unfortunately, they can also present potential dangers for teachers.  This short guide is aimed at helping you avoid potential situations that could mean serious threats to your employment.  Remembers that ‘off-duty’ conduct can have a bearing on your professional life.  What might be acceptable amongst friends and family could be very damaging to your career.  THINK BEFORE YOU POST!
  • your privacy settings to enable only those you choose to access your site do so. Check out the ‘help’ area of the web sites to support your choices. Don’t accept friend requests from pupils or parents. It can come back to haunt you.Even past pupils can cause difficulties.
  • what is on the web about you.  A Google search of your name and it’s various forms is useful to check what is out there.Take care what passwords you choose.Use different school and personal passwords.
  • Make sure you use a Firewall and antivirus software to protect you.
  • Take extra care when buying things on-line.There are all sorts of ways your banking details can be stolen.
  • Make sure you log out properly – your account could be hijacked!
  • Don’t make disparaging remarks about your employer or work colleagues.We know that sometimes it is so tempting – DON’T DO IT!
  • Think about your profile photo- Does it say the right things about you?
  • Check out your school’s IT policy.It’s most important you understand it.
  • If you are tagged into someone else’s photo which is not appropriate, you can untag it. Check instructions.
  • Report any inappropriate use of social networking sites by your pupils to your line manager or the named person in your school

DON’T use a personal phone to take photos or videos of your pupils.  School should provide you with a camera.
DON’T allow students to video you, or other students, on their own phones.
DON’T give out your personal phone number.
DO make sure your personal mobile phone is locked if you have it with you in school.

E-MAILS- DO be considerate when sending E-mails to colleagues.  If you are asking them to do something then make sure you have given colleagues appropriate timescales.
DON’T assume they have read your e-mail. 
DO consider adding a ‘double-check’ before you send e-mails e.g. a short maths problem.  This can give you some space to re-think sending the e-mail.

If you need advice, telephone the National AdviceLine on:

0203 0066 266 ( Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm)

or email


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