Commitment to Society


  • 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.

Teachers are entrusted with the care and education of learners. Teachers who model good social media use will grow learners who apply positive, respectful values in their interactions on social media platforms. These skills will equip them for life beyond school in an increasingly digital world.

  • Bear in mind that teachers are viewed as role models by our wider society, and think carefully about how you represent yourself when using social media.
  • User names are linked to you. Even if you don’t use your real name, you can still be identified.
  • Understand and use privacy settings where available on social networking sites to ensure that your personal information is kept private.
  • Share only what you’re comfortable with the whole world seeing.
  • Be aware that ‘friends’ or contacts you have on social media platforms can share content that you post and tag you in photos. Content shared can be persistent and receive a greater audience than you initially intended.
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Questions to think about
  1. Can Daisy know exactly who has seen the photos?
  2. What should she do next?
  3. How can she prevent a similar situation from happening again?
  4. How do you think Daisy would be perceived by
    A student?
    A parent?
    A member of the community?
    Another teacher?
  5. Do you think employers acted ethically/professionally by accessing these images in deciding if she was a suitable teacher?

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Questions to think about
  1. What should the school do?
  2. What should the kapa haka team and kaiako do?
  3. What are the possible ethical dilemmas in this situation and how could they be managed?
  4. Whose responsibility was it to identify and manage any ethical dilemmas?
  5. What preventative measures could the kaiako in charge of the kapa haka team take?
  6. What learning could happen here in relation to the concept of digital citizenship?

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