Social Media Behaviour

Social media is used by millions of people every day.  It is a great way of communicating, sharing information and keeping up to date with news events. 

Staffordshire University uses Social Media to advertise great events taking place and also to communicate with students about important information and notifications.  We encourage students to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our official pages and these can be found here:

Unfortunately, social media can also be used in a negative way and sadly some people use social media as a platform to bully and harass others.  We have put together a list of do’s and don’ts (PDF, file size: 255.86KB) for students and staff to consider when engaging with Social Media:


For more detailed information about how to stay safe online click on the relevant link below.

Facebook (PDF, file size: 842.99KB) Twitter (PDF, file size: 750.79KB) Snapchat (PDF, file size: 229.15KB) Instagram (PDF, file size: 352.35KB)


With so many ways in which you can now share personal information and images there has been a rise in the number of cases where images and videos have been shared either on or offline without the consent of the individual concerned.  As such it became an offence to share private sexual photographs or films without the subject's consent in England and Wales in April 2015.

There is help for anyone who has had an intimate image shared without their consent, the Revenge Porn Helpline webpage offers confidential non-judgmental advice.

'So you got naked online' (PDF, file size: 838.35KB) (a resource provided by South West Grid for Learning), is another source of information for anyone concerned about an image which has been shared without their consent.

NHS Choices - Cyber bullying gives some advice for how to cope if you are a victim of cyber bullying.

Your Social Profiles – things to consider:

  • What does your Social Media say about you?

  • Check your security settings regularly

  • Untag yourself from negative posts or photographs which show you in a negative way