Professional development and learning module – social media and commitment to learners (ECE)

Why use this module? The primary professional obligation of registered teachers is to those they teach. Social media use is increasing rapidly and is now one of the main ways that children and young people communicate with each other and learn about the world. Learning about social media and how it can effectively be used for teaching purposes will have benefits for engaging the interest of your learners, and provides opportunities for teaching them about how to interact positively and safely within social media platforms. To role model for learners and maximise the benefits of social media, teachers need to understand how it works and be confident users themselves. Teachers also need to be aware of the ethical dilemmas that can arise when using social media and ensure that their commitment to the well-being and best interests of learners is maintained.

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to identify and manage ethical dilemmas
  • Identify how children and families are interacting with social media and think about ways to teach and support them to use it safely and effectively

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

The Guidelines on Ethical Use of Social Media
Code of Ethics for Registered Teachers
Social media map

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  • 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.