MySpace Issues

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  1. Bio612

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    I did a search on this, and saw some posts about teachers with MySpace....I actually know a couple of Gradeschool teachers with MySpace profiles as well.

    I did have some teachers to make sure you make it appropriate or keep it private....and some teachers have been fired over it.

    With this said...what would be considered "Inappropriate"?

    I sometimes go to Sci-Fi conventions and the like...yeah I'm a nerd. lol

    So, from time to time, I do have pictures of me with women in certain skimpy super hero outfits.

    Would this be considered inappropriate if seen by a school adminstrator? Most pictures are with me just a picture with them, I do have my arm around their waist and them posing. No big deal, right?

    Heck, there's even children at these events with their parents.

    But I do keep them private just in case....because you might get some old school person who might not like even if someone's skirts are above their knees that might snitch.

    What do you think?
     
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  3. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    I have a myspace, but the whole page is put on private and my main picture is just a pic of me and my DH. If the pictures are private, I wouldn't worry too much about it, but if it were me personally I would take them off the page, but that's just me!
     
  4. MuggleBug

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    I'm torn. I have a MySpace and Facebook page. My MySpace is totally private and my Facebook is friends only. I'm a pretty innocent person but there is probably a picture or two of me with a glass of wine in someone's photo album on there. On the one hand, I can understand the implications these pages have and why districts would strongly recommend teachers don't have them. On the other hand, I'm a legal adult, I'm not posting pornographic or inappropriate material, and I don't think I should be considered any less of a professional because I have a page that allows me to keep in contact with friends from high school and college that I normally wouldn't.

    I think, to be cautious, you should keep the pictures on private. Don't befriend anyone who might get you in trouble. But remember, it's your life and these are photos of a hobby you obviously enjoy. It would make me sick to think of someone trying to ruin another's career over something so silly but unfortunately, it happens. Just...be cautious, I guess!
     
  5. Crzy_ArtTeacher

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    I make everything private because students are VERY tech savvy nowadays. One of my colleagues is too liberal with her myspace and one of her students found her page with her half dressed. While that is something I don't do, it's not uncommon with these websites.

    If I were you I'd make anything you wouldn't want your prospective principal to see about you on there.

    Just recently I 'untagged' a photo of myself from a friend because I didn't want a bar picture of me to be up on the internet for anyone to find. You just really need to protect yourself in situations like these. Many principals check to see if you have a myspace or facebook now.
     
  6. chebrutta

    chebrutta Enthusiast

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    I thought at first that it was MySpace, My business. I thought I was really smart by saying you had to be 18 or older to look at my page - since I did want old high school peeps to find me.

    Your students will find you, look at your page, and share it with their friends. Fortunately, they thought a pic of me drinking a glass of champagne at a wedding was hard-core. If you have one, make EVERYTHING private. Even a Halloween costume will get you fired these days.
     
  7. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    Myspace period is inappropriate. Mine is completely Christian and I still would never want my Admin finding me on there. Set it to private and keep it like that.
     
  8. blessedhands

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    My MS and FB are private. Thank God.
     
  9. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    I don't use my real name on either of my Myspace or Facebook. I reopened my Facebook since I do talk to alot of my friends through that, but I changed it to my boyfriend's last name (we're engaged) so my kids can't look me up :)
     
  10. T.A.

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    Last year, My 8th graders found mine! They came in the room calling me by my first name... and that they liked the way I looked with make-up and straight hair! I immediately removed mine! I just think myspace is just for kids to have fun and not mature adults. That's just my opinion.
     
  11. SuzieQ

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    Well if it is set to private then it's no big deal. Just be aware that somebody might know somebody that may have a student in your class. Be careful. I wouldn't have a problem if my child's teacher had a sight. However I probably wouldn't want to see it . The only thaing I would have a problem with if they discussed their space to the students or if they used class time to check their Myspace. Which both have happened by other "teachers."
     
  12. SuperSide

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    Inappropriate = Anything you wouldn't put in your work portfolio. Would you include a bikini pic in your work portfolio? Or a picture of you drinking alcohol.

    Whether you are a teacher or a person in any other profession, you should assume your MySpace/Facebook profile is going to be evaluated by colleagues or prospective employers.

    Keep it private or treat it like a job application.
     
  13. smalltowngal

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    I know a lot of mature adults that have myspace pages because it is easier to keep up with old high school or college friends. As long as it is kept on private, there shouldn't be problem.
     

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