1. An adult
2. An educator
3. A respected member of society
OK, so we’re all respected members of society, but even the most respected among us occasionally slip up, or maybe allow ourselves to get our photo taken by a well-meaning friend in less than flattering lighting, or perhaps with a beer in our hand.
Those are not the worst infractions in the world, naturally. But our lives are now on public display, and when that happens, even the most trivial and harmless visuals can be misunderstood or misinterpreted by others. Read: students, parents, bosses.
So recently, a wise superintendent here in Westchester County, where I live and work, invited me to conduct a workshop for her faculty on this very subject. To my delight, the group of 150 teachers and staff were engaging and hands-on, many of them proud of their new Mac skills and eager to do the right thing: conduct a thorough, step-by-step audit of their own Facebook pages, shutting them down to all but their friends.
No one is saying here that educators shouldn’t use Facebook. On the contrary, social media of all kinds can enrich your life and learning. But be wise and protect your online footprint.
Here’s that presentation: