IT Infrastructure & Management

Proceed With Caution

By Gigi Douban — April 20, 2007 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Concerns about material posted to blogs and social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook have been directed mostly at students, but teachers have gotten in trouble for online indiscretion, too. Before you post candid thoughts or personal photos, here’s what David Warlick, author of Classroom Blogging: A Teacher’s Guide to the Blogosphere, suggests you keep in mind:


Some teachers have gotten in touble for online indiscretion, too.

• Use blogs and networking sites to share ideas and seek advice. Teaching is no longer the isolating profession it once was, Warlick says. “Involving yourself in a social network … can be an extremely valuable process because you’re connecting yourself to people and professionals who can help you do your job.”

• Seek out professional development on how to use these sites as instructional tools.

• Remember that social networks are public. Teachers using pseudonyms have been outed. “Something on YouTube or a blog, even, can be the talk of the town or the talk of the planet in a matter of days,” Warlick says.


• Do anything online that could hurt your professional reputation. “It’s no different than how you behave and how you dress, or how you present yourself when you go to the grocery store in town,” Warlick says.

• Post audio or video segments that you wouldn’t want identified as yours on the local TV news.

• Venture where you’re uncomfortable. Students might ask you to add them as “friends.” Tempting as it is to forge a connection with students, it’s safer to decline such requests, especially if their sites include material you wouldn’t allow in class.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the May 01, 2007 edition of Teacher Magazine


Special Education Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table - Special Education: Proven Interventions for Academic Success
Special education should be a launchpad, not a label. Join the conversation on how schools can better support ALL students.
Special Education K-12 Essentials Forum Innovative Approaches to Special Education
Join this free virtual event to explore innovations in the evolving landscape of special education.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Curriculum Webinar
STEM Fusion: Empowering K-12 Education through Interdisciplinary Integration
Join our webinar to learn how integrating STEM with other subjects can revolutionize K-12 education & prepare students for the future.
Content provided by Project Lead The Way

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

IT Infrastructure & Management It's Not Just About AI. Schools Are Facing 5 Other Tech Challenges, Too
In addition to the use of AI in education, schools must pay attention to several big tech challenges.
4 min read
A cybersecurity icon over a computer classroom seen through a screen of binary code.
Vanessa Solis/Education Week via Canva
IT Infrastructure & Management Ed-Tech Companies Are Vulnerable to Cyberattacks. A New Federal Effort Wants to Help
The Education Department is teaming up with a top research university to stem a wave of cyberattacks on schools.
4 min read
Image of lock on binary code background.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty
IT Infrastructure & Management Leader To Learn From Through Wars, Tornadoes, and Cyberattacks, He's a Guardian of Student Privacy
Jun Kim, the technology director in Moore, Okla., works to make the most of innovations—without endangering student data.
11 min read
Jun Kim, Director of Technology for Moore Public Schools, center, leads a data privacy review meeting on Dec. 13, 2023 in Moore, Okla.
Jun Kim, director of technology for the Moore public schools in Moore, Okla., leads a data privacy review for staff.
Brett Deering for Education Week
IT Infrastructure & Management One Solution to Maintaining 1-to-1 Devices? Pay Students to Repair Them
Hiring students to help with the repair process is one way school districts are ensuring the sustainability of their 1-to-1 programs.
4 min read
Sawyer Wendt, a student intern for the Altoona school district’s IT department, repairs a Chromebook.
Sawyer Wendt, who's been a student intern for the Altoona district's tech department since junior year, is now studying IT software development in college.
Courtesy of Jevin Stangel, IT technician for the Altoona school district