Facebook Privacy Issues
Facebook privacy is a growing concern for the users of this social networking website .There are instances when students are suspended from schools or universities for updating rude statuses on their profile about teachers or when teachers are fired from ridiculing their students hairdo or using inappropriate language when referring to them.
In one case, the teacher out of frustration and anger termed the students as “germ bags” as she kept on catching illnesses from her students and referred to the parents as “snobby” and "arrogant" which lead to her being fired. The whole article regarding this can be found at http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/facebook-firing-teacher-loses-job-commenting-students-parents/story?id=11437248
Whatever is the case, severe consequences are faced due to the privacy settings of Facebook which keep on changing from time to time. Both the students and the teachers when they updated their statuses were unaware that their status updates will be visible to the world and not only their friends.
The lines have become blurred for teachers with respect to their professional and personal lives. If that is the case then teachers can avoid such circumstances by making separate profiles for their colleagues and students and the other one for their family and friends. Also if they have one profile then separate groups for the colleagues and students should be made and when updating any statuses or uploading private pictures, they should be excluded from the list.
Firing in case of teachers and detention of students give rise to the issue of freedom of speech. An immature act done by student of calling his teacher a fat ass arises of how much freedom we all have.
Of the school property and after the school hours, school can in my opinion not dictate what teachers and student can and cannot do. When such disruptive behavior takes place during school hours then principals can take action but otherwise individuals should be free to express their opinion.
The law holds that students have a right to free speech unless they interfere with the learning process. Updating a status after school hours and that too from home, I do not think is a disruptive behavior.
Everybody should have freedom of speech and once in a while we should all check our privacy settings of Facebook to make sure that whatever we say is not visible to all and does not create problems for us.
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