Social media is pervasive in our society and is a great way to communicate and stay connected with others, but it is important for educators to separate their professional and personal social media presence. As educators, we must be aware of the public nature of our roles and realize we are looked upon as moral leaders of the community. Because of this, we “carry the weight of several types of responsibility” which has been amplified by heightened political tensions and division in our communities. As an educator, it is imperative to be thoughtful and cautious about what you post publicly on social media – and what is considered “public.” Many educators have had unwanted media attention and been disciplined, even had action taken against their licenses, because they did not perceive their social media postings as “public.” Below are 6 ways to separate your public and private social media sites:
These steps will help keep you out of the media spotlight and help prevent you from getting disciplined for things related to your social media accounts. If you have questions about what is or is not appropriate, please contact us!