About the Teachers Council and Social Media Project

The Teachers Council wants to increase the support it provides to teachers as they continually strive to increase the quality of their teaching. Social media use is an area where ethical dilemmas have arisen for teachers and is an area that the Council wants to provide guidance on so that teachers can embrace social media with confidence.

In early 2012 the Council formed a reference group including:

  • Peter Ferris - Ilminster Intermediate
  • Stephanie Thompson - Tawa Intermediate
  • Karen Corbin - James Hargest College
  • Carolyn Bennett - FarNet Schools
  • Derek Wenmoth - Core Education
  • Sean Lyons - Netsafe
  • Brian Marsh - University of Auckland
  • Naketa Ikihele - Play and Learn Education Centre

The reference group provided the direction for the development of the resources and monitored their development. Two meetings of the reference group were held in Wellington and ongoing discussion about the project’s progression took place on the Virtual Learning Network (VLN). The Teachers Council introduced the Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers in 2005. The continued applicability of the Code of Ethics is illustrated by the fact that the emergence of new technologies, such as social media, can be regulated by the principles outlined in the Code of Ethics. Key resources including the guidelines and presentation frameworks have used the four commitment statements from the Code as their structural and ideological basis.

The Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers/Ngā Tikanga Matatika mō Ngā Pouako Kua Rēhitatia
Development of the Code of Ethics


  • Learners

    Teachers have a professional obligation to develop and maintain professional relationships with learners based on the best interests of those learners.

  • Parents/Guardians and Family/Whānau

    Social media provides a great opportunity to collaborate and communicate with parents and whānau.

  • Society

    Teachers who model good social media use will grow learners who apply positive, respectful values in their interactions on social media platforms.

  • The Profession

    As a member of the profession you should seek and respond to opportunities to share knowledge and discuss concerns.