Fun note: I went to publish a bunch of comments, and accidentally deleted them instead. So if your comment wasn't published, don't take it personally, I'm just incapable today.
I am rendered incapacitated by rage.
There was a faculty meeting this week in which the principal had to remind teachers about appropriate facebook behavior. Apparently, we needed to be reminded to
1. Not accept friend requests from students.
2. Not SEND friend requests TO students.
I am disgusted that this is actually an issue. Are you kidding me? Oh wait. My former mentor teacher did that all the time.................
Also on the agenda, a reminder to not post pictures of your students on the internet*, and to refrain from asking students for their cell-phone numbers, or giving out yours. If you need to contact the MINORS** you teach, you can reach them via THEIR PARENTS AND LEGAL GUARDIANS.
By the end of all this, I was ashamed for humanity, and teachers in general. REALLY GUYS, REALLY?
* That includes posting photos of your students on your "personal blog," you morons. Nothing enrages me like seeing a blog where some 20-something 1st grade teacher has posted a slew of photos of her students. LOOK AT MY CUTE 1ST GRADERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Inevitably, these people will also post photos of their school, or mention what school they work at in their profile.
Why don't you just look up all the sex offenders in your area, and invite them to your first grade class? Because when you post photos of kids who are not yours on the internet, and provide information on where they will be everyday, that is basically what you are doing.
**I think young teachers of teenagers forget that their students are MINORS and not potential "friends." You don't need their number, they don't need yours. Even if you are the cheer coach................Just call Mom or Dad.
I fully expect that the next faculty meeting will cover other important and apparently not obvious facts like Breathing: Yes, It is Still Necessary, and, Clothing in Public Places: Why Pants are Always a Good Idea.
I'm going to go weep for humanity now...........