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Further calls for guidance on social media use by teaching staff

8 February 2012

It was only two weeks ago that I suggested we ought to see government guidance to support schools and teachers on the use of social media .

Today we see another report, this time from Wales, regarding the inappropriate use of social media by education professionals, and the issue remains the same – a lack of understanding by the individual on how this particular social media site worked and presumably some confusion by the school on exactly what they could do.

Another factor in this case is the social media expert who, according to the news report, advises teachers to set up separate sites to be friends with pupils. Should they? Some would advocate that teachers should not be friends with pupils on social networks at all. The rights and wrongs will continue to be debated and can only be clarified by clear guidance from the Department for Education on this tricky issue. Is that too much to ask?

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