UCL Day Nursery Social Networking Policy
This policy aims to set out the key principles and code of conduct expected of all members of staff, students and volunteers at the UCL Day Nursery with respect to social networking.
Social networking activities conducted online outside work, such as blogging (writing personal journals to publicly accessible internet pages), and posting material, images or comments on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter and YouTube can have a negative effect on an organisation’s reputation or image. In addition, UCL Day Nursery has a firm commitment to safeguarding children in all aspects of its work. This policy has been written to set out the key principles and code of conduct that we expect of all members of staff with respect to their responsibilities in connection with the use of social networking sites.
Everyone at UCL Day Nursery has a responsibility to ensure that they protect the reputation of the nursery, and to treat colleagues and members of the nursery with professionalism and respect.
It is important to protect everyone at UCL Day Nursery from allegations and misinterpretations which can arise from the use of social networking sites.
Safeguarding children is a key responsibility of all members of staff and it is essential that everyone at UCL Day Nursery considers this and acts responsibly if they are using social networking sites out of nursery. Anyone working in the nursery either as a paid employee
or volunteer must not communicate with children via social networking.
Updating of blog on a social networking site whilst at work is not permitted.
To set out the key principles and code of conduct expected of all members of staff, students and volunteers at UCL Day Nursery with respect to social networking.
To further safeguard and protect children and staff.
Code of Conduct
The following are not considered acceptable at UCL Day Nursery:
- The posting of any communication or images, which links the nursery to any form of illegal conduct or which may damage the reputation of the nursery. This includes defamatory comments.
- The disclosure of confidential or business-sensitive information; or the disclosure of information or images that could compromise the security of the nursery.
- The posting of any images of employees, children, parents or anyone directly connected with the nursery whilst engaged in nursery activities.
In addition to the above, everyone at UCL Day Nursery must ensure that they:
- Do not make any derogatory, defamatory, rude, threatening or inappropriate comments about the nursery, or anyone at or connected with the nursery (please read section 2.1 of the UCL Harassment / Bullying Policy).
- Staff must not make indirect suggestive comments associated with the nursery on their social networking sites e.g. “I have had a bad day at work” as any parent or carer may be able to read this.
- In order to maintain professional boundaries staff should not accept invitations to be friends with parents and carers.
- Use social networking sites responsibly and ensure that neither their personal/ professional reputation, nor the nursery's reputation is compromised by inappropriate postings.
- Are aware of the potential of online identity fraud and to be cautious when giving out personal information about themselves which may compromise their personal safety and security.
Potential and actual breaches of the Code of Conduct
In instances where there has been a breach of the above Code of Conduct, the following will apply:
Any breaches of this policy will be fully investigated. Where it is found that there has been a breach of the policy this may result in action being taken under the Disciplinary procedure.
A breach of this policy will be considered to be a serious disciplinary offence.
The Management will take appropriate action in order to protect the nursery's reputation and that of its staff, parents, children and anyone else directly linked to the nursery.
Last updated: Wednesday, June 27, 2018