Professional development and learning module – social media and commitment to society

Why use this module?

Teachers are vested by the public with trust and responsibility together with an expectation that they will help to prepare students for life in society in the broadest sense.

Social media enables users to connect with communities beyond their immediate circle of friends, family and learning community. Children and young people are also sharing content via social media which could be quickly passed on. Being aware of social media and learning how to be an educated and ethical user will help you to manage risks and to maximise the benefits of social media. Being an educated and ethical user will in turn help you to teach learners about safe and appropriate online interactions.

Learning objectives

  • Fecome familiar with ‘digital citizenship’ and consider how this should affect the way you present yourself online
  • Understand what good digital citizenship means
  • Learn what a digital footprint is and how it is created.
  • Understand your audience when using social media – both intended and unintended.

How to use this module

Watch the video and work through the questions in part one of the resource pack with your colleagues.

Then work through the activities in part two of the resource pack with your colleagues.

You can edit the resource packs to add or change activities to suit your needs.

Other supporting resources you will need

Guidelines on Ethical Use of Social Media
Netsafe’s definition of digital citizenship
Digital citizenship on the E-learning Planning Framework

You could also refer to Netsafe’s guidance for young people on their digital footprint

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NZ Teachers Council Presentation Framework by NZ Teachers Council is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.teachersandsocialmedia.co.nz.


  • 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.