Don’t get me wrong here, I am using social media right now so I’m not against it. I enjoy reading updates and FB posts from friends and have even renewed old acquaintances via social media. But this is in my personal life. A very different set of circumstances to my role as teacher. Unfortunately, I fear that there is a totally unrealistic expectation on teachers and how they are expected to be using it in school. These unrealistic expectations come from both management and parents. A change of head at our place a few years ago introduced Twitter. Staff were encouraged to photograph and tweet “activity” on a daily basis. Kids reading, kids painting, kids experimenting. The philosophy behind it was that it kept parents informed and the profile of the school out there. Advertising ourselves you might say. Like all such things over time the practicalities of teaching got in the way of this so staff posted when something really exciting and out of the ordinary was concerned only. Even then they could only do so on school devices with WiFi. This Often ruled out off sight tweets. However, conscientious staff did post photos on the school website when they could. Then along came Class Dojo. That parent messaging service that goes straight to a handset. Sadly, in our place this has been a vehicle for regular snipes and gripes and today took the biscuit. We were on an off sight trip where photos were taken but WiFi wasn’t available. Straight back to a First Aid twilight at the end of the day. Exhausted. Not a minute to breathe. Just before leaving a colleague checked her messages. One from a grateful parent saying how much her son enjoyed the trip, the second from a demanding parent asking “where are the photos of the trip - we can’t see any posted yet!”. This to me is where social media in schools is all wrong. Too many parents think we are free and available to post like they do on FB all the time. No appreciation that actually we need to download pictures, check they comply with parental wishes before using on various platforms etc. The demands for immediacy is absurd. Unfortunately, it is encouraged by heads too you enjoy the limelight of the school. No one ever considers the burden it places on staff who are there to teach - not muck about on social media!! Is it just me or do others find the whole thing a complete pain in the ****?