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Social media

Take care when using social media. If you wouldn't say it in the staffroom - don't tweet it or post it on Facebook.

Watch what you say

If you wouldn't say it in the staffroom or at a contact evening - don't tweet it or post it on Facebook. You lose control of who sees comments on social networking sites as soon as you post them.

Privacy settings

Take time to sort out your privacy settings and who can access anything you're posting online but be aware that this is no guarantee that others will not somehow see things you've posted.

Frustrations

If you don't get on with your pupils, their parents, your colleagues, supporter or your boss then tell your husband or wife, boyfriend or girlfriend, mum, dad, granny, granpa, friend if you like - you don't need to tell everyone in cyberspace about it.

Letting off steam

If you've had a bad day take time to relax before you log on. Letting off steam via the internet is probably not the best idea to unwind.

Keep your personal life separate

Speak to your pupils in class and parents/carers at contact evenings. Keep social networking sites for keeping in touch with your friends and family. It's not the place to be communicating with pupils, parents or carers.

Don't add pupils as friends

Remember you are your pupils' teacher, not their friend. You wouldn't take photos from your latest night out into school to show pupils or tell them about all of the conversations you have with your friends so there's no need to add them as friends on Facebook or followers on Twitter. Politely decline friend requests from pupils for access to your own social networking profiles and if necessary explain that you like to keep your school life and personal life separate.

Your social networking profile

Be aware that pupils, parents, carers and prospective employers may well search for and view your social networking profiles.

Password protection

Make sure your phone and access to any social networking sites is password protected, especially if you have your phone in school.