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Using social networking


Social media have rapidly become a recognised and valuable part of daily life and are now so advanced that they can be a helpful medium on a personal, clinical and professional level (Jones and Hayter 2013). ‘Social media’ is a generic term that describes a range of online applications enabling a large number of individuals to communicate remotely (White 2016).

Social media allow users to connect with others using personal profiles, sharing images and ideas, and connecting with others who share similar interests – known as social networking.

Learning aims and objectives

This module aims to provide students and qualified midwives with an understanding of the benefits and risks of using social networking. The resource highlights the importance of using social media responsibly to improve communication while upholding the reputation of our profession.

On completion of this resource, midwives and student midwives should:

  • Understand the benefits and risks associated with the use of social networking
  • Understand the NMC guidance on use of social networking applications
  • Understand the consequences of irresponsible use of social media
  • Understand the steps necessary to protect their personal and professional reputation while using social media

Keywords and linking topics

Social media, social networking, Facebook, Twitter, NMC, professionalism, online safety

Questions at the end of this resource will enable you to assess your knowledge and reflect on how you can incorporate it into your own practice. In the following questions, please select the answer that you believe to be correct. This will be marked and then you can move on to the next question. If you wish, at the end you can return for a further attempt at the questions.

Upon completion of the module, you will be able to download and save or print a certificate to include in your CPD/revalidation portfolio.