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Teachers Guide to Social Media - Part 3

Teachers Guide part 3
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Protect Student's Privacy:

Privacy is the over growing concern since the over growing popularity of Social Media. So lets start our Guide with the same topic.

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Regardless of whether your account is public or private, teachers must be careful about posting photos of students if parents have not signed the school’s media release documents. Be sure parents have given permission if students appear in the images. In addition to parental permission, make sure it’s OK with the students as well. Some of them might be “having a bad hair day.”  If you are deciding to friend or follow your student, be clear with their personal space. It's never an issue if your student chose to post publicly or share with you but it’s important to respect students’ personal space.  Just as you probably wouldn’t hang out with them at a marketplace, you might not want to hang out with them online in their private spaces. Again, pages or spaces dedicated to education are an exception. It's 21st Century the era of Social Media and online privacy so it's also your duty to talk about online privacy with your students in classrooms.  You must talk about privacy protection on social media in classrooms with students. 

Communicating with parents and co-workers: 

It’s fairly common for teachers to use social media to interact with you co-workers and parents. Be aware of your audience and post only what you think is appropriate, and use tools to limit your audience, as we described in our previous posts. 
Always remember for parents the primary concern is their child. Keep that in mind While posting an image or idea they can see. Parents may react positively to encouragement and uplifting posts from the classroom. Educators do have a right to their private life you must understand you are also a public figure, at least for your students and their parents. They may be concern about how you are recognized even when you are not at work and when I say that I don't mean you should shy away from posting pictures or comments, but it does mean that people may judge you based on how you appear or what opinions you express. I don't say  you can’t ever express an opinion, but do consider how it might affect how people in your community perceive you. 

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To be Continued.......

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