Why I like Myspace for communicating with students...

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  1. weno88

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    I'm working on a class website, and on it there is a Myspace/Facebook disclaimer to let students and parents know that I will not add them as friends on either account. I don't know... it just doesn't "smell good" to me. As a young teacher, I don't want my students to think we can be buddies. . I think for more older or more experienced teachers it is probably fine.
    My accounts are private, and there isn't anything I've posted that is inappropriate. However, I can't control what my friends post on their (often public) Myspace accounts, which the students would have direct links to from my site.
     
  2. Jenny G

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    I was talking about this with my union president last night. Apparently there are instances of people posting comments to pages with sexually explicit pictures or comments. The main page person (I'm sure there is a name for them.) had nothing to do with it, but was placed on leave until it could be determined that someone else had done it.

    Now, I'm sure that couldn't happen if your page was private, but it is still a concern.
     
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    Well, you have to keep in mind there is an option to approve comments before they are posted. If your profile is private you don't have to worry too much about that, but if it isn't, you just don't approve those explicit comments.
     
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    We can not be associated with myspace or anything similiar and I teach the 8th grade. We have been told that it is a huge no no for us to get caught on it of course we all know for various reasons..........
     
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    I won't get a myspace page. I like the security of knowing that if anyone is looking for anything on me, they won't find anything because there is literally nothing to find.
     
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    I'm a new teacher and I was also wondering if MySpace would be helpful. My own kids have myspace so I'm familiar with the format and I look at theirs occasionally.

    My daughter, who is in college, brought up a very good point. All of these pages link together with friends, etc. She said I don't ever want to have a situation where someone posts something inappropriate (on a page that I am linked with as a friend) and a parent or school administrator might say that I was aware of a situation. She said, "Mom, don't put yourself in the position to be obligated to report something or liable if you didn't report something." I thought it was very wise advice. I won't be getting one.
     
  7. Ima Teacher

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    You can also choose NOT to have your friends viewable to anyone who looks at your page. Some people approve pretty much anybody that requests to be their friend, but I only have people I actually KNOW, which means I also know what I could expect from viewing their pages. I only have two people on my list that I don't know personally, and they're both teachers I met online through these groups.
     
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    my students set UP myspace page. i have made changes and done some privacy stuff...but i love, love, love it! It is a good way to keep in touch with them. I was a debate coach, and it helped.
    (BTW: what debate camp did the toga party happen at?!?!?! Lovely story...GO LATIN TEACHERS! Love you with a very tough job)

    You also can set up a page at Scholastic.com for a class. I have JUST started playing with it. But it might be a good way to keep up with students.

    I also would switch to facebook if you have too many problems with myspace. I have found the privacy much better!
     
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    I don't trust "private" online. There is no such thing. I do have a myspace page, but no one on my list would post anything inappropriate. You do have to be careful though because setting it to private means nothing, people can still find a way in. Just my two cents though.
     
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    I wasn't talking about my own friends posting anything inappropriate. I'm talking about being "friends" with students and being linked to their pages - no telling what might be on their pages and I'd hate for a parent or administrator to think I knew about something (kids drinking or whatever) because it was posted on a myspace page.
    I don't think kids realize how much they post online. I can look at my son's friend list and pretty much know which kids to keep an eye on...
     
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    Ambritlit, I have a myspace page and my students are my "friends", and I am really starting to consider that same issue. There is one girl in particular who has been posting bulletins ALL SUMMER about how she's been getting high and sneaking out with her boyfriend. I told my principal about it (in an email so there's a paper trail), so I feel like I've done the CYA for now, but I'm not sure that I would really be protected if her mom pushed it. I'm thinking I'll delete my profile soon.
     
  12. ambritlit

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    When I was doing substance abuse counseling with teens I often looked them up on myspace. I could tell who was serious about their recovery and who was just going through the motions to satisfy a probation officer. I never called them on this info, as it would have blown my source, but it's usually all out there. I didn't have to worry about parents there, because SA treatment is protected under HIPPA and these kids' treatment was confidential. They had to sign to give permission for anything I wanted to discuss with a parent and myspace wasn't even on the list.
     
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    As long as you are/were of legal drinking age, there should not be any issue unless you work at a school (religious for example) where you take a vow not to drink.
     

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