The study presents survey results from 515 preservice teachers at a regional United States institution on their social media use, specifically, their self-reported personal image conveyed on their social media sites, likelihood of posting problematic content on their social media sites, and preference for various others viewing their social media sites. While many preservice teachers reported appropriate social media use, some participants conveyed inappropriate personal images; had reservations about supervisors, employers, and university faculty viewing their sites; and were likely to post problematic content. Thus, it is incumbent for teacher preparation programs to develop clear policies as preservice teachers must be made aware of the professional consequences of inappropriate social media usage and behaviours.
Griffin, M. M., & Zinskie, C. (2020). Fun and Friendly or Wild and Offensive? Preservice Teachers’ Use of and Image Conveyed by Social Media. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 45(2). https://doi.org/10.14221/ajte.2020v45n2.3