Step 1: (What) - I have two social media persona's - both personal and professional. Many of my friends are in education and there are blurred lines between the two. I have now noticed that parents of our tamariki are connecting with both my professional group Facebook page and my Makerspace website and blog which I post on everyday. To date I have had only positive comments, feedback and interaction but I have wonderings around how this sits ethically.
Ehrich et al. (2011) presents an ethical decision-making model (Figure 1) that helps to explain decision-making processes when teaching professionals encounter ethical dilemmas.
"Engaging in ongoing discussions with colleagues can help when you are unsure whether you should share, reuse or respond to content. Talking to colleagues about your activity on social media platforms means you aren’t acting in isolation and exposing yourself to a potential ethical dilemma."
I plan to use my own ethical dilemma as a ignitor for conversation around this topic and to bring the resources discussed to our teachers attention. I would also like to host a parent/whanau hui to set clear guidelines for our community as to how we intend to use social media.
Education Council (2017) Retrieved 11 March, 2018. https://teachersandsocialmedia.co.nz/guidelines/commitment-profession
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