social networking policy for staff... any ideas...?
Being sent on a course next week "Social Networking for schools and staff" and I'm in two minds about this as I can see a valid case for both sides:
1. Schools want to protect their image, students and reputation same as any large organisation would and I agree this makes sense.
2. Teachers and employees have a right to a life outside of school and the employee should not be dictating how employees conduct their private lives the gtc used to really get on my nerves with regular emails dictating how teachers should live their private lives.
So the problem as I see it is how do I write a policy that doesn't dictate to staff what they can and can't do outside of school but also keeps the slt happy and protects the image of the school? Also in the event of a incident occurring who is responsible for policing it?
My original thoughts where to show staff how to use Facebook, twitter, etc appropriately (private profiles, not making friends with parents / students, reminding that profiles are often public and images can be accessed, manipulated and used maliciously one y6 boy got an image of an SLT member a few years ago at a christmas do that still gets bought up when we do esafety training :-) .
Beyond that I'm concerned that I'm going beyond the remit of my job and the role of the school...