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DepEd prohibits social media interactions between teachers and students

DepEd prohibits social media interactions

DepEd prohibits social media interactions between teachers and students

Recently there are incidents unprofessional use of social media among teachers. Thus, Department of Education (DepEd) has released an order enumerating its policies to promote professionalism in the delivery of basic education programs which include instructions to avoid relationships and social media interactions with learners outside the school setting.

In DepEd Order 47 s 2022, the Department wants to promote effective and efficient policies and programs. To realize this, DepEd should be free from any partisan activities. As such, this Office reminds the officials and employees to practice the highest form of professionalism.

DepEd prohibits social media interactions between teachers and students

In DepEd Order 49 s 2022, “Refrain from engaging in any activity or any relationship that may impair one’s ability in making objective decisions in the performance of his/her job functions. Avoid relationships, interaction, and communication, including following social media with learners outside of the school setting, except if they are relatives.

Acceptable Norms of Conduct for DepEd Employees including Teachers

In defining acceptable norms of conduct and relationships in DepEd, officials and employees are reminded of the provisions of Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, in line with this, DepEd officials and employees are expected to observe the following:

  • a. Treat and approach DepEd colleagues, employees, learners and stakeholders with the highest degree of professionalism, skill, and excellence.
  • b. Respect the rights of others and refrain from doing any act that is contrary to law, good morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety, and public interest;
  • c. Serve and perform one’s duties and responsibilities in a prompt, courteous, and fair manner;
  • d. Refrain from engaging in any activity or any relationship that may impair one’s ability in making objective decisions in the performance of his/her job functions;
  • e. Avoid relationships, interaction, and communication, including following social media with learners outside of the school setting, except if they are relatives;
  • f. Desist from any act that may compromise one’s integrity as a government employee and that may compromise the honor of the DepEd.

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