Ohio teachers banned from MySpace and Facebook

Just saw this article in eschool news about the memo sent to teachers in Ohio from the Ohio Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in Ohio.  The article quotes from the memo:

“OEA advises members not to join [these sites], and for existing users to complete the steps involved in removing their profiles,” the memo said. “While this advice might seem extreme, the dangers of participating in these two sites outweigh the benefits.”

A few other blogs commented on the article.  The Cleveland Scene blog points out that teachers (like all people, and especially young people) need to understand that they post on a blog or MySpace or Facebook will always be there.  So they suggest that if you have posted naked pictures on your Facebook page, it is probably not advisable to apply to be a teacher.

Over at the Great Expectations blog, who is also from Ohio,  she points us the the Sex Drive commentary in Wired Magazine that suggests that all teachers should blog, tweet and flirt online “like the rest of us.”

Regardless of your position on this, it harkens back to the importance of district wide guidelines on blogging which David Warlick and others have recommended for the past several years.

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