Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risks of communicating with students on social media?

Members put themselves at greater risk when they engage in any communication with students that could be interpreted as inappropriate and unprofessional. That applies especially to the use of social media.

Teachers are held to a higher standard of behavior than other professionals and are at greater risk of allegations of inappropriate conduct with students. They are also under greater scrutiny with respect to their public behavior, and in the world of electronic communication, in many ways, all behavior is public behavior.

Attached, please find the Professional Advisory on the use of Electronic Communication and Social Media published by the OCT. It provide excellent advice on how a teacher must conduct himself or herself with respect to the use of electronic communication and social media.