The debate of the Facebook/Twitter saga seems to be a continuous cycle of grey areas when it comes to safeguarding. In a recent safeguarding CPD session, the question of social networking was brought up and not clearly answered. Personally, I don't use Facebook too much due to the 'high exposure' it displays of your life. Granted, you only expose what you chose to 'post on your wall', but Twitter is a little different....right? This gets me closer to my point... I have a Twitter account and generally use it for as part of my social sporting lifestyle, such as arranging cycling rides with team/club riders. Twitter is open to the public so anyone could 'follow' me. However, this means that students can also 'follow' me, and I'm unaware of any way to prevent this. The college I work for also have a Twitter, and so I follow them and they follow me, which means they can view my communications. So, the other evening I am notified that a student of mine is following me on Twitter. Moments later I have a 'mention' from the student asking me for guidance on an essay. With safeguarding going bonkers, and being in slight fear of responding, would it really be a bad thing to aid a student, or even a group of students over Twitter...if of course used responsibly. In doing so, would this not extend the student/teacher relationship a bit too far? I can only presume it would be down to the individual teacher. I mean, who wants to start helping students outside teaching hours. Plus, if the college have a Twitter account, would the teacher be safer in having such communications. I see it as an open door to moving with the times, but want to know if its a door worth walking through Please advise.