Last week, you read the list of what I view as my “must do” and “must haves” before starting your first year as a teacher. As promised, my Google Form Survey is linked under the, “Resources” tab. Check it out/make a copy for your own classroom!
While this week’s content may not be as exciting, it is of IMMENSE importance, especially when beginning a career in education. Here, I share what I view as the Hallmarks of Digital Ethics and Reputation for Educators.
I have comprised this list based on what I have learned in both undergraduate and graduate courses, reviewing case studies, and through my own, personal experience. I will never forget what a past professor told us while in undergrad. She said that educators are quite literally held to a higher standard than the law. This statement scared me at first, but after having a year under my belt, makes complete sense to me. I now understand that she was telling the truth and simply wanted us to understand that one little lapse in judgment or carelessness could jeopardize our entire career. No matter how long you have been in the profession, I encourage you to do your own research and identity exploration to develop a similar list of digital ethics for yourself!
- Always check privacy settings and make sure all social media accounts are set to the highest level of privacy of content
- After doing one large “clean up” of social media photos and posts, frequently do checkups to make sure everything aligns with your identity as a teacher and leader in the community
- Never add students as friends or followers on social media platforms while they are still your students. (talk to a teacher mentor about how you feel when they are no longer your students/if there is a purpose to let them follow you on social media platforms?) *I do not include teacher pages (i.e. websites/educator blogs) as social media platforms.
- Think before you post anything and understand digital citizenship
- Establish your own identity, stay true to that identity but realize in this profession, there is typically no need to overshare
- Know the rules of your own district in regards to digital reputation
- Use social media in a positive light instead of a place to complain and spread negativity/draw negative attention towards yourself
- “Always ask yourself, “Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary to post about?”
- NO offensive/inappropriate posts/photos
- Keep your opinions offline unless deemed safe to post by your own, professional judgment
*Be on the lookout for next week’s post! As always, I would love to hear from YOU. Comment your own experience/input regarding individual educator’s digital reputation. Let’s connect!