New guidelines for educators using social media

New guidelines have been launched for educators, using of electronic communication like social media.

The guidelines were created by a working group formed by the Ministry of Education, aimed at helping teachers in their use of social media and other forms of electronic communication.

Working in conjunction with BeSmartOnline!, the guidelines are expected to be treated like a key go-to manual helping educators avoid risks when using social networks and ensure boundaries between their personal and professional lives.

Speaking at the launch, Parliamentary Secretary for Youths, Sports and Voluntary Organisations, Clifton Grima, told the audience that, ‘Electronic communications and social media create new opportunities for extending and enhancing education. The use of social media brings also responsibilities for all, and even more so for educators. Maintaining professional boundaries in all forms of communication, technology-related or not, is vital to maintaining the public trust and appropriate professional relationships.”