Facebook Told Me.

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Once again it’s become apparent the world has changed.Just For The Record... I'm Not THAT Bad.

The good old days are gone forever (at least to us old people).

When I was a kid we were free to mumble insults about our school administrators and no one was any the wiser (especially the principal or superintendent… thank goodness… or we might all still be in detention).

We lived in a much smaller world.  The second after you said something, it was gone forever.

Or at least if you were caught you could deny, deny, deny.

Not that I ever did (see… I’m still denying).

In today’s world, kids have to deal with an entirely different set of rules.

Their lives are more open and way more complicated (bad news for those of us who own 9 year olds).

When they have a slightly mean or angry thought it’s not just shared with their buddy.

It’s not even just shared with the kids in their own school.

It’s blogged about, texted, posted on YouTube, and as it turns out possibly even ends up on Facebook (I had no idea I was such a terrible person).

What students don’t always consider is people over the age of 21 also own computers.

And have the interweb.

And some of us even know how to use it.

So as educators, we need to make sure we continue to spend lots of time teaching technology.

But we also need to spend time teaching good judgment.

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10 Responses to “Facebook Told Me.”

  1. K Ballenger
    on Jan 22nd, 2011
    @ 2:12 pm

    This is so true.. spoke with some students last week about privacy settings and took another group to the Newseum where the issue of free speech limitations and the school age child were highlighted. It is a brave new world!

  2. Daisy
    on Jan 22nd, 2011
    @ 2:39 pm

    Good judgment and safety – essential in today’s world.

  3. Olwyn Hughes
    on Jan 22nd, 2011
    @ 6:10 pm

    so true… my own evil spawn knows all of that intellectually but was still surprised when admin got hold of a convo she had about a boy where she used some rather strong (read 4 letter) words. She almost didn’t get into her new school b/c they didn’t want a kid who was a trouble maker and that one online convo made her seem like one. Telling kids what to do is like leading a horse to water….

  4. Carla
    on Jan 23rd, 2011
    @ 7:29 am

    It is our charge as educators to teach students using good judgement for their own actions, but also to be critical consumers of the information available to them at the tips of their fingers. It is not just children who need to be made aware. I had a conversation with a teacher about the professionalism and judgement of posting degrogatory remarks about our principal on FaceBook. Scary…these are the people we are counting upon to lead and instruct our students.

  5. Jessica Reeves
    on Jan 23rd, 2011
    @ 2:24 pm

    I don’t know how many times I’ve told my students and my own kiddos how happy I am that there is no digital record of my teenage years (yes, deny, deny, deny:-). This is such a scary time for our kids…I’m not even talking about online creepers; I’m talking about what can happen when little brains are allowed to say anything or post anything online.

    I teach CA, but I also use tons of technology. In doing so, it is a pre-requisite that we talk about acceptable and non-acceptable uses and practices. Kids need to hear it over and over to make it stick. Thanks for the post=)

  6. Raquel
    on Jan 24th, 2011
    @ 7:31 am

    So true, so true. Even for adults. I often blog about something then have to go back and delete it so the person in which I vent about doe snot stumble upon it and get hurt.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Raquel, Always blog about “something”… not “somebody”.

  7. wozza
    on Jan 26th, 2011
    @ 2:36 am

    Hmm – not sure about this one Mike – don’t we tend to overcomplicate everything – especially teaching and teachers love their rules and thou shalt nots!

    I love the fact that the school I’m advising in has no staff meetings (actually I lie – we had one yesterday but it was the first since early November 2010) and no pigeon-holes for staff. There is also no intranet. Yet communication happens, good teaching and learning still happens, the world still turns, the sun still shines (especially here in the desert) and the people do not perish.

    Didn’t we, as children, challenge the rules, rebel when we could (what are you rebelling against Johnny?) and learn by doing? Why do we now want to lesson the impact of failure?

    All of your comment makers seem very po-faced. Olwyn says you can lead a horse to water but forgets the telling bit – you can’t make the horse drink! So why do we knock ourselves about trying?? I think this is an al zubda question!

    Less is more! Harrumph!

  8. Alicia Kessler
    on Jan 26th, 2011
    @ 2:19 pm

    Life with FB doesn’t feel much different than growing up in a tiny, tiny town where privacy was a joke.

    I had a 6 block walk home from school, and my mom knew what happened on block 3 before I ever got home.

    Teaching good judgement yes……and to have a back bone…..because somehow, somewhere it all gets repeated…..

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Alicia Kessler, All mothers have psychic powers.

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