2. Teacher Actions
This case just proves the impact social media has on today’s society. Students look up to educators as role models. We must ensure we are always exhibiting positive examples for students. We never know who is watching. Dr. Jerome Delaney, who teaches legal education courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland, gives this advice: "My advice to [future teachers] would be don't say anything there, or don't put up pictures on these things that you wouldn't be comfortable showing in the classroom — once it's out there, it doesn't come back."
I found a list of social media rules for educators.
1. Know your school, county, and state’s social media guidelines for employees. There may already be rules set in place by your employer regarding status updates, profile pictures, and more.
2. Do not “friend” or “follow” students on your personal social media accounts! Implement a rule that students can follow or friend you once they graduate.
3. Keep your profile pictures clean. Your profile picture should never show alcohol, drugs, or anything that can be misconstrued as a gang. Even if you have your profile locked down for privacy, your profile picture can still appear on search engines.
4. Do not affiliate yourself with your school on a personal profile. List your employment as “Teacher at XXX County Schools” or not at all.
5. Do not geo-tag your posts from or about school. This will lead students right to your posts.
6. Remember, it is possible to take a screen shot of Snapchat. “Snaps” or Snapchat posts can last forever.
7. Set your Instagram account to private. That way, you must approve of anyone who views your posts. 8. Never mention your school in any post. Even with privacy settings, your post could be found on search engines.
9. Never complain about your job online, especially if you are followed by your school and/or co-workers. This is good practice for all professionals, not just teachers!
10. Never, ever, ever post photos of your students on social media! Each parent has their own personal beliefs about posting their child’s likeness online. Some parents overshare while others don’t want their children online at all. It is not your place to post their children online. You are also violating a student’s privacy by doing this. Not only are you sharing their location information (if your location/school is listed in your profile, that child is now associated with that location/school), they may not feel comfortable having photos of themselves online.