I recently was going through the thread about the girl who was denied her degree because she had a photo of herself drinking out of a Goody cup online. Here is the link to the thread for those who aren't familiar: http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=35606&highlight=myspace After drinking at a party last night, I got to thinking about this thread. I have heard many horror stories about teachers having issues at work because of things on their myspace pages. Personally, I don't have one. Not because of teaching, I just never jumped on that bandwagon. However, if I did I would have issues with the schools being able to punish me for things I was doing on my own time- legal things, of course. I am 23 years old, fresh out of college, and I teach pre-k. I don't drink very much at all, but I admit I go out and party from time to time and I don't apologize for it. I am of legal age, I am never falling down drunk or even close to it, I don't drink and drive, I never do anything that is illegal. The next day when the party is over, it has no effect on my life. The fact that I sometimes drink on the weekend has zero impact on my teaching ability. And I don't think I should ever be able to be penalized by the educational system or denied a job because I want to go out with friends and be silly and drink on my own time. I realize that teachers are held to higher standards, and I agree with that to a point, and we all knew going into this career that that is just something that happens. However, I know that when I started college for this I had no idea I could be held accountable for things like this myspace picture. Now, for my question. As I said, I don't have a myspace. But many of my friends do. And they post pictures of people on there. I know I am probably on some of their sites in random pictures from over the years. Now, if an "incriminating" picture of me was posted by a friend on his or her page, could that come back to haunt me? Can I be penalized for something that another person posts on the internet, even though I have no control over it? Obviously I could choose to not be photographed while drinking, but I think that is a bit much. I know this is a very sketchy area right now, but what do you all think? I am just curious.