Parents, Carers and Visitors Code of Conduct: Use of Social Media
Over recent years social media tools have become an integral feature of modern life, providing opportunities for organisations (both public and private sector) and citizens to engage and communicate. A key feature of many social media tools is their unparalleled ability to broadcast and receive information quickly and link to a whole network of people in a matter of seconds. It is also the case that material broadcast via Facebook and Twitter can persist in the digital world almost indefinitely often reaching a wider audience than the author had originally intended.
As a public body and regulated setting, responsible for the care and education of children, St Theresa’s school is committed to the responsible and appropriate use of social media. Its own use of social media is governed by its adoption of St Helens Council Social Media Policy (March 2011) itself informed by the Cabinet Office: Participation Online Guidance for Civil Servants (June 2008).
Social media tools include, but are not limited to:
This guidance forms part of St Theresa’s school’s code of conduct for parents, carers and visitors and seeks to extend those principles to the digital world. It is not intended to stifle legitimate debate, discussion or interfere with private use of social media tools. It aims to:
As part of its code of conduct for parents, carers and visitors St Theresa’s school expects the following standards to apply in the use of social media tools:
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