When writing posts or making a comment act as if your boss or Mom will read them, because it could happen.
Facebook for educators is a great communication tool, Conversely, what is posted on Facebook can get a teacher in trouble. There are the news reports with the educator that posted their political views on Facebook, complained about their school district or profession, or said something unkind about a student. These educators are in hot water with school districts for what they posted on Facebook and the comments from others that followed. There have even been cases where their situation has gone viral and the entire nation is upset and the teacher is left humiliated. It can be pretty vicious what the world has to say about educators in general. These incidents do not help our profession. It all started because this teacher or administer believed that Facebook is private. Facebook is not private.
When writing posts or making a comment, don’t make it personal and keep it positive.
Public education and educators are stuck in a marketing nightmare. School districts do not marketing a priority. There is a large political movement to privatize education. Charter schools are seeing resurgence and are marketing experts. Teachers post photos showing them partying with her colleagues at happy hour or wearing beachwear. Educators complain about the difficulty of the job. Teachers and principals make comments about current events, religion or politics. Educators are public servants and are held up to a high standard. If one is in doubt leave it out.
Refrain from following or commenting on student’s Facebook feed.
Our students are born with social media. Their families posted their birth pictures on Facebook. First,the age requirement for most social media platforms is thirteen. However, most of us in the school biz know our young students are using Facebook. Therefore, you will get friend requests from your students. True, you may even be able to see the news feeds of your students. Hence, you will be tempted to make a comment or like. There are many news stories of teachers who became “too friendly” or posted a comment taken out of context on Facebook by the families or the school district.
Refrain from following entities or people you do not know and then making controversial or sarcastic comments.
Do not follow organizations or persons you do not personally know. Consequently do not follow movies, books, bands, or organizations that are unfamiliar. You will be associated with These follows will become part of your Facebook identity, Also, if you do not know the person or fellow educator you may be tempted to leave a comment if upset by something they write. No one wants to be seen as an Internet troll by starting arguments, getting emotional or causing negative discourse.
Before tagging a fellow educator get their permission or don’t tag others at all.
One of my per peeves is being tagged in Facebook photos. It feels like an invasion of my privacy and disrespect for what I want to share. If I want to share an image I will share it. In group photos or images of an event if I must tag I ask permission of the other parties. There is also a setting in Facebook to make sure you don’t get tagged without your permission. It requires that you review the image for posting to your timeline.
Feel free to comment below with any other ideas of how to use Facebook in education for the power of good for educators and our students.
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