Guidelines on Ethical Use of Social Media

  • 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.

About the guidelines on ethical use of social media

Social media platforms embrace web-based and mobile-based technologies to facilitate interactive communication between organisations, communities, and individuals.

The New Zealand Teachers Council’s Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers, Ngā Tikanga Matatika mō Ngā Pouako Kua Rēhitatia applies to teachers all the time, including when using social media. The Code of Ethics says that teachers have commitments to: learners; parents/guardians and family/whānau; society; and the profession.

It is likely that at some time you will come across an ethical dilemma while using social media that could affect your relationship with one or more of these groups. These guidelines are intended to support professional discussion and understanding rather than outlining what you should and should not do.