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of electronic communication and social media. The advisory acknowledges the many innovative opportunities that electronic technologies provide for teaching and learning. Members told us that more specific advice would be helpful in understanding what is — and what is not — appropriate electronic communication. We added more examples of the types of incidents we are seeing in professional misconduct decisions. You will continue to see a self- reflective framework to guide your professional judgment. We have added a few items to the general advice section to help minimize any risks associated with electronic communication. For example, "Would I write this post knowing it can never truly be erased and may remain in the public domain forever?" To update the advisory, the College reviewed current publications and policy documents, surveyed members about their opinions and practices, and held focus groups with Ontario Certified Teachers, including administrators. We also engaged our network of professional regulators and educational associations, and compared our advice to members with theirs. Finally, we reviewed our investigations and discipline cases involving members who have used electronic communication and social media inappropriately. PS "Keep interactions professional, as you would in the classroom, and build a positive online presence. Know and respect proper professional boundaries with students, even when they initiate electronic interaction. Take time to reflect; ensure the standards of practice guide all of your professional judgment and actions." To access the College's complete list of professional advisories, please visit oct-oeeo.ca/ professionaladvisories. friend request 1 31 December 2017 | Professionally Speaking

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