Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Teachers' Virtual Lives Conflict With Classroom

Take a look at this ongoing case involving a teacher and MySpace:

Teachers' Virtual Lives Conflict With Classroom

http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=4791295

Any thoughts?

7 comments:

Mark Rindfuss said...

This is a touchy topic as well as a touchy subject for some of us becuase it really falls into that grey area. On one side you can say that it is your Constitutional right to post anything on your Myspace or Facebook page, but on the other side, teachers should think twice about who has access to their profiles/pictures. Although I think it is a little over the top if teachers are being fired for having pictures of themselves laying out on a beach in their bathing suits.

Personally, I have a Facebook page, but I am very careful as to which comments and photographs are deleted and which ones are kept. Many of my students have attempted to add me as a friend, but I have told them that once they have graduated they can be added. As long as they are a student at the school then I would not let them have access to my pictures and photographs under any circumstances. The only reason that I would consider keeping them as a friend (which gives them access to your profile) is because I would have liked to keep in touch with some of my teachers, but have not been able to keep in touch with them for a number of reasons.

One part of the article that I found very interesting was when the principal asked the people he interviewed if they would mind showing him/her their Myspace/Facebook page. I completely agree, that if a person is forced to think twice about that question, than their profile is inappropriate.

Dr. Luongo said...
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Dr. Luongo said...

Terrific response, Mark!

You claimed, "One part of the article that I found very interesting was when the principal asked the people he interviewed if they would mind showing him/her their Myspace/Facebook page."

How true. I think this holds true for most activities you do outside of school. If you would not want your principal seeing the activity, you have to think to yourself-- is this appropriate behavior?

Thanks for getting us thinking!

Dr. Luongo said...
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Dr. Luongo said...

Hi all,

Take a look at Marianne's blog in GE570 class for more information on this topic.

michael mccarthy said...

Constitional rights and professional responsibility are not synonymous. Prpspective teachers need to be sensitive the standards of any given locality. When they post they share with the world and should not have expectation of privacy. The picture may seem tame, but in some areas underage drinking is veruy central issue.