Digital Footprint, Part A

The presence of the web has brought new issues into the spotlight for teachers, especially with new social media websites becoming so dominant on the internet. Facebook (and other websites) as for so much information as well, and if you choose to hold back information the website prompts you every time you log in to ‘complete your details’. The details they were originally asking for (school, year graduated, birthday, gender) has now expanded to include things such as when you ‘decided to go on a health kick’. Not only is this a substantial amount of personal information which is shared with whoever on the internet (even if you have privacy settings – see my previous post). This information could be found from your students or parents or worse, your future employer.

What use is this information that is so personal in a professional sphere? It was never meant to become known as part of your identity professionally, but today it is a fact that teachers have to be more careful about what they post online. Is this fair? To a point does it mean we are marginalized? Will it make a big difference one day when what you have on the internet is more important and makes a larger part of our lives than it does now? It’s interesting to think about this.. I already think that I cannot do certain things in public in case I am caught in public by a parent (i.e. drink at a pub on a Tuesday afternoon in the holidays). Will the amount of information I put on the internet mean that I cannot ever do anything that does not fit into the ‘accepted’ teacher stereotype?

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