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‘Face-book rules’ for school staff

15 February 2011

The NAHT has called for every school to have clear rules for teachers on the use of social networking sites. They want every school to set out exactly what is and is not allowed, so that teachers are protected and not disciplined unreasonably.

The increased popularity of such sites means that staff regularly have to decide how to deal with receiving ‘friend requests’ from students and must take steps to protect personal information, such as beach holiday snaps. Young teachers are particularly vulnerable because of the stark change from care-free student life to the professional obligations they have once qualified.

Some staff may resent the implementation of a Staff Acceptable Use Policy which attempts to dictate how they go about their private lives and schools will need to have in mind the extent to which they can control staff behaviour. However, the NAHT is right to identify the importance that schools protect staff and students by having in place a policy which sets out both unacceptable social networking interaction and best practice.

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