I wanted to share a mistake I made during my internship as a reminder to new teachers and soon-to-be teachers about the amount of caution and restraint we should exercise with all the technology now available. A few weeks before my internship ended, one of our middle school students (a boy) was caught receiving text messages on his cell phone from his girlfriend at another school. Our assistant principal confiscated the cell phone. While the phone was in her possession, two more text messages came through from the girlfriend. The principal at the other school is a personal friend of mine and her daughter was the one sending the text messages during school hours. So, in a moment of poor judgement, I decided to send a PM to my friend through Facebook (since I didn't have her email address). Not only did my friend react very defensively to the PM, on Monday I was told by our principal that the mother of the boy (our student) had called to complain about the incident and claimed I told my friend the boy was a "bad influence" on her daughter (which was not true). The principal was very calm and professional about the situation, but understandably, was very concerned I might have posted confidential school information on a public social website. I assured him that the information could only have been seen by the intended recipient (since it was a PM) and I never mentioned anything about the boy at all. I had simply told my friend I felt she should know her daughter had been sending text messages during school hours. The next day, I brought in a printed copy of my PM and the response from the mother/principal. My principal read the message and agreed there was no mention of our student at all and that the message itself was very generic. Still, we both agreed that it had been a moment of poor judgement on my part and I assured him nothing similar to that would ever happen again. The moral of this story is to remember that technologies like Facebook, Twitter, and even text messages are considered the same as the town square since anyone could read what you might post or say. We've all seen examples of individuals being fired from their jobs for remarks they made on Facebook - even though the individuals felt the remarks should be considered "private conversation" because it wasn't done on the job. That doesn't matter, though. Facebook is considered a public domain and if you post anything negative or confidential about your school, administration, staff, team members and/or kids you could very easily be fired.