Saturday, August 18, 2012

Facebook Friday: Teacher trouble

Originally posted 07/08/2011 on

People never learn. Facebook is not a private place. You have more privacy in the local pub than on Facebook. Assuming no one posts they saw you there on Facebook. Or tweets it. But people still insist on treating it as a private forum. Winnie Hu of the NY Times tells us that a teacher in New Jersey is on (paid) administrative leave after complaints that she posted that she felt like she was a warden over future convicts on Facebook.

I wish I could say this was the first time, or at least unusual. But for some reason teachers seem to be particularly susceptible to the keyboard equivalent of loose lips. From teachers posting questionable pictures to detailing their religious conflicts with their students, teachers are the epitomy of too open on Facebook.

This is a situation that will only get worse unless something changes. Privacy and the control of individuals personal and identifying information will continue to move from the individual to third parties who may have no interest in protecting the individual or his data. That is something we should all be up in arms over.