Teachers — Don’t Break These Social Media Rules

Hello Busy Educator!

In the age of smartphones and social media, almost all students are on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. So are many school principals and other school faculty. There have been news stories about teachers being fired for inappropriate social media updates. In such a scenario, it’s very important to understand some basic social media rules that apply to teachers.

Do not add everyone

As a rule of thumb, add your students only after they graduate. This will make social media easier for you. When it comes to adding a friend or following someone, maintain a professional distance. If you find a student trying to stalk you, it’s best to block them on social media. All platforms have blocking functions that you can use.

Keep it clean

Do not post pictures related to or showing alcohol or drugs. As a teacher, you are an authority figure and students look up to you. Don’t give them a reason to think that alcoholism or drug abuse is cool. Also, don’t show gang signs or inappropriate tattoos. All these things can get you in trouble with the school organization.

Don’t share anything inappropriate

There are certain social media apps that promise 100% confidentiality, but remember that there are several loopholes in them. For example, if you share a pic with someone on Snapchat thinking that they can’t save it, think again. There are ways by which people can screenshot snaps without letting the sender know about it.

Don’t complain about your job

It’s a good practice for all employees. Never complain about your job – especially if you have school authorities or coworkers on your list. You might think that complaining would be okay if it is set to private, but it’s not. Always maintain a positive image on social media.

Don’t post student photos

That is the biggest mistake you can make. All parents have their own choices about posting their children’s pics online. Don’t breach their privacy. Such an act can land you in a lot of trouble and even get you fired.

That’s it for now Busy Educator. Stay tuned for the next video “Social Media for Teachers – Some Nuggets of Advice”.

Until next time,

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