The astonishing popularity of social media and its emergence into the academic arena has shown tremendous potential for innovations in teaching. The appeal of using social media in the learning environment is enhanced by accessibility and affordability. However, it has also broadened the scope of consideration for protecting student privacy. This article explores the legal impact of privacy concerns when social media is used as a teaching tool. Institutions of higher learning must formulate guidelines that will govern appropriate social media use so that novel teaching modalities can be safely explored. Students must be educated by faculty regarding the standards of conduct and privacy considerations related to social media. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has issued the White Paper: A Nurse’s Guide to the Use of Social Media, a must-read for nursing faculty in the current academic arena. [J Nurs Educ. 2014;53(3):164–169.]
Dr. Peck is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.
The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Address correspondence to Jessica L. Peck, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555; e-mail:
Received: March 01, 2013
Accepted: October 16, 2013
Posted Online: February 19, 2014