With a little forethought, these social networking sites can offer a variety of educational benefits without risking any safety to students or members of the school community.
Cyberbullying is the use of information and communication technologies to bully, embarrass, threaten or harass another person.
Anything can generate unintended consequences far into the future.
“Friending” students, posting pictures of partying, or sending overly casual messages or texts to students, parents and others may lead to professional difficulties you did not anticipate.
Consequently, the line between our public and private lives becomes blurred, making it easy to mistake a webpage for a diary.
The growth of social media since 2004 has been nothing short of phenomenal, giving rise to a wide range of networking sites such as Twitter, You Tube, My Space, Linked In, Flickr and Google .
A SENIOR teacher’s career and personal life has been left in tatters due to his online activities engaging in sexualised chat with underage girls.
Geoffrey Roger Brown, head of science and deputy head of sixth form at the Durham Federation of Schools, also posed as a teenage girl in some of his online conversations.Both these sites encourage users to gather as large a number of friends as possible because it helps generate enormous revenue from targeted advertising.Social networking sites can carry tremendous benefits in one’s professional development but can also present pitfalls.Teachers are professionals and expected to model ethical and appropriate cyberconduct.Teachers hold a position of trust with students and will be held accountable if their actions expose students to inappropriate material or communications.Spreading hate or discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or disability may be a violation of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario Electronic Communication and Social Media - Advice to Members ca/Advice For Members/PRSMatters Bulletins/Pages/Electronic Communication and Social Media.