Teachers and their use of social networks have always been a cause of controversy, especially as far as teachers present themselves online in ways that are discoverable by students or their parents. At times, teachers have found themselves in uncomfortable situations following Facebook posts that were found to be inappropriate by district officials looking into complaints from parents and other members of the community. Other cases involve complaints of inappropriate dialogue between teachers and students. Should teachers be forced to sign agreements not to use personal social networks?
We think that is taking it a bit too far. Teachers are people, too, after all. They need to stay in touch with others through social media just as much as other folks — but school districts beleaguered by complaints have had little recourse but to discipline some personnel over their indiscretions on Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Networks. Here is a startling infographic featuring some of the worst offenders: