Teachers and Social Networking Sites: Think before you post

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dc.contributor.author Russo, Charles en_US
dc.contributor.author Squelch, Joan en_US
dc.contributor.author Varnham, Sally en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:05:00Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T11:05:00Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.identifier 2009007793 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Russo Charles, Squelch Joan, and Varnham Sally 2010, 'Teachers and Social Networking Sites: Think before you post', UTS ePress, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-15. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1835-0550 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/15987
dc.description.abstract Social networking sites are highly popular and have profoundly changed the way people, including educators, communicate and interact. For many teachers the use of Facebook and MySpace is seen as a valuable educational tool and an integral part of their private social interaction. However, the exponential growth in the use of social networking sites by students and teachers alike has presented new legal, ethical and professional challenges for teachers and school administrators. Teachers might argue that their social networking sites are personal websites but they are ultimately very public spaces that leave an electronic trail that can have serious, albeit unintended, consequences for teachers who breach professional codes of conduct and education laws. Teachers face the risk of censured speech, professional misconduct and possible dismissal for posting inappropriate information including comments and pictures on these websites. The purpose of this article is to examine the legal and professional risks for teachers using social networking sites and it offers suggestions that school administrators might incorporate in their policies with regard to teachers? use of social networking sites. The first part of the article reviews relevant US cases and the second part focuses on the following legal issues ? free speech, privacy and security of information, professional conduct, and the implications for teachers and school administrators in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Included in the second part are some practical recommendations for teachers and their lawyers as they develop policies addressing the use of social networking websites in the educational workplace. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher UTS ePress en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/publicspace/article/view/1493
dc.title Teachers and Social Networking Sites: Think before you post en_US
dc.parent Public Space: The Journal of Law and Social Justice en_US
dc.journal.volume 5 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 15 en_US
dc.cauo.name LAW.Faculty of law en_US
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