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GTC Scotland launch guidance for teachers on the use of electronic communication and social media

We have launched guidance for teachers on the use of electronic communication and social media. This is a result of receiving a number of enquiries from teachers and education professionals looking for clarification on how best to use these tools in their everyday work.

Anthony Finn, Chief Executive of GTC Scotland said:

"Social Media and electronic communication open up a wide range of new and innovative ways for us all to communicate with greater efficiency and enjoyment. However, there are also risks associated with using social media. These have been widely documented elsewhere and are particularly important for teachers and other caring professionals.

"When it is published in early 2012, this professional guidance on social media will sit alongside our revised Code of Professionalism and Practice and our new Student Teacher Code. This guidance is not intended to constrain or 'nanny' teachers but rather to advise them on the potential pitfalls of using social media and to suggest ways in which teachers can protect themselves from risk.

"I hope that our new guidance will be beneficial not only to teachers, but also to others in encouraging safe use and enjoyment of social media and other forms of electronic communication."

(added on 9 January 2012)