College of Teachers Advisory
This advisory highlights the opportunities and risks of using, creating and communicating with electronic tools and social media. The ethical standards - care, trust, respect and integrity - are the cornerstones of how teachers should conduct themselves when online. Honesty, reliability and professional judgement are hallmarks of educators work in online spaces. This document outlines the issues between private and professional presence, professional vulnerability, criminal & civil implications, disciplinary actions, and how to minimize the risks of interacting with students and parents in digital spaces.
The Stay Safe Online website outlines further suggestions that teachers can integrate into their everyday digital practice, such as: keep a clean machine, own your online presence, make passwords long and strong, unique account=unique password, when in doubt throw it out, and post only about others as you have them post about you.