In today’s modern society, social media is considered to be an everyday part of life and is how most people stay in touch with friends and family, as well as accessing local and national news or events. Because of this, educational settings are turning to popular social media tools to help increase engagement with their wider community, for example, to celebrate successes, share news and events with parents and carers and to communicate with students and/or staff.
The positive use of social media and technology within educational settings for collaboration, communication and learning should be recognised and supported. However, it is essential that its use is carefully considered by leaders in advance to ensure all members of the community are kept safe.
The Education Safeguarding Service has developed this Social Media Toolkit to help educational setting leaders make informed and appropriate choices about using social media tools, within the classroom or as official communication channels. It includes considerations about safe practice in order to protect staff, learners and the wider community, specific guidance regarding some popular social media channels, as well as editable tools and templates.
Please note, access to this Social Media Toolkit is included as part of our Safeguarding Support Package for Schools.