College admissions officers are increasingly looking at prospective students’ online posts. This article
explains why college-bound teens should care about their online reputation.
It’s not uncommon for party pictures posted online to make it into the hands of disappointed parents and teachers. Use this new video
from NetSmartz to teach teens about what can happen when they post something inappropriate online.
There are many practical ways students can manage their online reputations. Here are five suggestions
from an educator.
Teachers need to worry about their online reputations, too. Read “An Educator’s Guide to Online Communication Tools” from our Tip Sheets page
for tips on using social media personally and professionally.
Sometimes students and teachers don’t realize what information is available to others online until it’s too late. Use this infographic
to evaluate your own online reputation.
Teachers Continue to Create Ripples with Social Media Comments
A New Jersey first grade teacher is back on the payroll this week following a 120-day suspension for her Facebook post that read: “I’m not a teacher... I’m a warden for future criminals.”
Jennifer O’Brien’s words, which she said were written out of frustration over her students’ behavior, set off a firestorm in the community, attracting an onslaught of national media attention. It was another in a growing number of high profile cases involving inappropriate comments by teachers via social media. Natalie Munroe, the Pennsylvania teacher who infamously complained about her students on a blog last spring, has returned to instruct Central Bucks East High School English classes, but more than two-thirds of her pupils have opted out. After Munroe’s profanity-laced comments went viral, she was suspended with pay and then went on maternity leave while the case drew national attention.
Courts have largely upheld the rights of students to express themselves about their teachers, but as these incidents illustrate, the law is blurrier for teachers. So far, free speech rights have prevailed and saved jobs, but as Munroe’s principal put it, “While something may be legally right, it may not be ethically or morally right.” Policy experts agree, saying it boils down to teacher judgment. The Central Bucks school board is in the process of fine tuning its “Freedom of Speech in Nonschool Settings” guidelines in an effort to clarify what teachers and others can say in cyberspace about the district, students and staff.
Remember the old adage, "I've never been hurt by something I didn't say"? When it comes to social media, this has never been more true.