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Facebook 'cheat sheet' for governors
Use our cheat sheet to keep your social media profiles secure and to help you understand what to do if you're contacted by a pupil or parent online.
Download our cheat sheet and share it with your board
Set out expectations in your code of conduct and social media policy
Your code of conduct should cover governors' use of social media. If it doesn't, update it to set out:
- What kind of behaviour is acceptable
- How governors can avoid bringing the board into disrepute
Although it's not statutory, it's a good idea to have a social media policy, so that:
- Everyone inside and outside the school knows the expectations and limitations of using social media in both a professional and personal capacity
- Your school has something to refer parents or pupils to if they try to contact governors or members of staff through social media
- Sanctions are appropriate and consistent
Join Primary School Governors for networking opportunities
Social media provides great opportunities for you to network with governors across the country, and find support with the issues you may face.
Join over 800 governors on Primary School Governors, a closed Facebook group supported by The Key.
We referred to the following sources for this article.
- Cyberbullying: advice for headteachers and school staff, Department for Education (Adobe pdf file)
- 11 tips for protecting privacy, Webwise (from the Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre, co-funded by Ireland’s Department for Education and Skills and the European Union Safer Internet Programme)
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