Social Media for Teachers – Some Nuggets of Advice

Social Media for Teachers – Some Nuggets of Advice

Social media is highly accessible and addictive, and this is why you will find almost everyone on social media. Teachers, principals, and students are no exceptions – they are all present on social platforms. While in the classroom, the interactions are more formal, on social media, there is a certain casualness. This is why it’s very important to understand the social media environment and how to behave on it.

What effect can it have on you?
You share your personal details and photos on social media. When you befriend students, you are opening yourself to them on a personal level. This can jeopardize your classroom relations and they may take you less seriously because of the content you have opened for them. It’s not a good idea to add or follow your students. Also, keep your personal posts as private so that others cannot access them.

What are privacy settings?
On Facebook, you control who can add you in their friend list. However, on Twitter, anybody can follow you. If you don’t want a particular person to follow you or comment on your tweets, you can block them. However, keep in mind that your tweets are public so it’s best to keep them clean. Facebook posts can be marked private. When you post any personal details or photos, always mark them as private. And never share any objectionable material on social media.

Keep these points in mind
Whenever you post something on social media, keep these points in mind.

• Searchable: Whatever content you post is searchable on Google. So whatever you post on Twitter can be found using Google.
• Forever: It’s not going anywhere. Your post from 2005 can come back to haunt you. Your posts will always be here, even after 30 years, so think before posting.
• Copyable: Anything you post can be copied – even on apps that promise they don’t let others copy. For example, your photos on Snapchat can be copied and saved.
• Invisible audience: Even if you post something privately on Facebook, it can be propagated by one of your “friends”. Nothing is private and everything can be seen by an invisible audience.

But don’t be afraid of social media. It can be helpful in building connections and reaching out to better prospects. Just make sure you use it judiciously and don’t post without thinking carefully about it. Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn can give you a lot of power if used wisely.

That’s it for now Busy Educator.

Stay tuned for the next video “How to Attract Employers Using Your Social Media Profile”.

Until next time, Talk to each other, support each other, take care of each other.

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