Using Social Media: Guide for DET Employees applies to all Department employees who work in an educational setting. It also includes all contractors and volunteers engaged by Department, school councils, schools, regional offices or district offices.

In the context of social media the Guide:

  1. ​​interprets obligations according to existing policies and resources (extracts provided below):
  2. addresses the recommended standards of behaviour 
  3. reinforces that the use of social media tools must have a clear educational context
  4. provides links to support for managing and responding to online incidents:
 ​This Advice will not:
  • create new obligations or alter the existing obligations under the above policies and resources and/or other existing relevant policies
  • provide a detailed procedure for every conceivable situation.

Responsibilities of Victorian Government Schools and DET Work Places

While the digital world presents unlimited opportunities there are also some risks that need to be considered. This Guide makes it clear that participating in social media is subject to the same standards of behaviour as those that apply when working with young people in the formal school setting.

Department employees in schools are required to meet the obligations set out within the policies and resources identified in the above Scope. They also have a duty to take reasonable steps to protect students from any harm that should have reasonably been foreseen and against which preventive measures could be taken. 

This Guide does not act as a disciplinary tool; its greatest value is to assist Department employees in schools to better exercise their professional judgment when making decisions within the culture and context of their workplace.

For more information, see: Duty of Care