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Thursday, November 13th, 2008

A Penny For Your Thoughts

Well, I don't really have a penny for everyone but I am interested in your comments on this topic.
There is quite the controversy brewing over teachers posting inappropriate things on public networking sites (ie. Facebook, MySpace, etc.). Here is a link to the Charlotte Observer's article. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/education/story/319902...
Here are my thoughts:
You shouldn't put things on the Internet that you would be afraid for someone (employer, student, etc.) to see and you should make your page "private" and not viewable by everyone. Sometimes I wonder if people lack common sense when they post stuff on these websites.
Anyways, what are your thoughts?

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I agree with you. There should be a line between professionalism and expressing your thoughts and feelings even if it is your personal page. It is not personal if it becomes public.
niki   Thursday, November 13, 2008
I'm pretty old-school, Tanya. I tend to be pretty private and wouldn't put anything on the web that I wouldn't share with a roomful of people. I haven't had a chance to read the article yet. I think Sarah S. has had some experience in this area and mentioned it once. I would hate to have a double-standard for teachers being unable to do it but lawyers can (or any professional). It seems everyone should be mindful but maybe that is my old-school thinking again.
LGrant   Thursday, November 13, 2008
Everyone should have the right to post anything but the sense not to!!
!   Thursday, November 13, 2008
Well said, Nancy!
LGrant   Thursday, November 13, 2008
I agree with the end of the article - don't ever write (or post) anything that you would not want read to a full courtroom or to your mom. It's pretty easy if you follow that - I have - in the past posted some things and then thought about it and gone back and removed them.
justmeg   Thursday, November 13, 2008
That's why all sex tapes are bad. If you don't want anyone else to see it, don't film it in the first place!
soundchick   Thursday, November 13, 2008
Good point Nancy!!!!
Justmeg, I totally agree with the end of the article too.
I am hoping that Sarah S. will comment on this blog. I would love to hear her opinion too!
Tanya Mussetter   Thursday, November 13, 2008
As a teacher, I find this absolutely inappropriate! I agree that the school should take action. Obviously, some of these teachers have a whole lot of growing up to do! Teachers, whether they like it or not, hold a certain standard for a community. Children should always be able to look at their teacher as a role model - bottom line!

Unfortunately, with something like Facebook, your name is out there, and you are easily identifiable.
Jenn   Thursday, November 13, 2008
I have mixed feelings on this issue. Do I think the pictures were in bad taste? Absolutely. Have I ever done anything tasteless? Absolutely. And **shh...don't tell** I posted the pictures on my Facebook. I also realized that I had to grow up and be part of the real world and took down the very tasteless ones. I suppose since I'm one of those who had some growing up to do when I first began teaching, I can sympathize with the teachers in question. My Facebook is also VERY private now...only friends can see it and such.
But...I don't think this issue has anything to do with the fact that they're teachers. Personally, I don't think teachers should be held to a higher standard, as my students don't have a lot of respect for the teaching profession. (Maybe that's just my cynicism talking.) I think this has more to do with being a professional--any professional. I tend to agree with LGrant: everyone should be aware.
Sarah S.   Thursday, November 13, 2008
Jenn, I would think all of us should be role models for kids, not just teachers. Perhaps part of the lack of respect kids have for adults is that too many aren't the type of role model to instill respect. I'm sure there were adults who did wrong or immature things when I was growing up but I didn't have the advantage of the web to have easy access to the material. With that easy access comes some responsibility to limit access rather than open it wide for all ages and groups to see. Again, I'm old-school but it sounds like most folks believe adults need some responsibility about what is posted and if there is a serious situation with those adults who don't, they should be held accountable and accept the repercussions.
LGrant   Thursday, November 13, 2008
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