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Social media and your staff

11 February 2015

What do you have in place to help your staff with social media risks? Today’s Guardian has a story highlighting the risks to staff – from bikini photos to rants about pupils - and whilst it highlights what those staff can do to help themselves, the best outcomes here will be achieved by schools and staff working together.

What does your policy say about staff and pupil social media contact and more to the point, what should it say? DfE guidance talks about understanding privacy settings and checking for negative comments about you online. For me, schools should go further.

Clear rules about teacher/pupil contact are a must, but engaging with staff about their own online presence should form part of your plan. The wrong profile picture, poor privacy settings and even comment posted by friends and family can impact negatively on staff, impact on their career and reflect poorly on the school. Helping staff understand these risks, working with staff to mitigate them and having a clear policy on what is acceptable will ensure the pupils, the staff and the school all benefit.

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