It’s a strange time we live in, what with having an online life and an IRL life. And if there’s one thing that has been hammered into my head it’s that you aren’t allowed to be yourself on the internet lest possible employers find you and judge you. I’ve been lucky enough to work for employers who don’t use Google, at least I assume they don’t because they’ve kept me on the payroll. Certain job creators get pretty antsy when you happen to write for an obscure local social blog, but thus far mine haven’t even found all the porn featuring my current coworkers, so I think I’m in the clear.
Anyway, some teachers think it’s important to teach kids how to properly use the internet, and by that I mean how to leave a digital footprint that won’t render them unhirable. And one sixth grade teacher in Tulsa is really concerned. She’s so concerned that she posted a note to Facebook just to show her students how fast it could spread and it’s gone viral in online life.
According to Fox23.com:
A Tulsa teacher is trying to teach her students a tough life lesson about Facebook in the classroom, so they don’t have to endure the consequences later in life.
Melissa Bour told FOX23 her students only learned a few days ago what you post online can and likely will live forever on the Internet.
“I had students respond with ‘It’s no big deal’ and ‘nobody really cares’, and I care. I care very much about their reputations,” said the Emerson Elementary 6th grade teacher.
She is describing a recent incident in which she friended one of her students, and while she was going through that student’s page, she noticed many students in her class were posing and posting selfies on the social network where they were wearing skimpy clothing and also flipping the middle finger toward the camera.
See, I always thought the cardinal rule of the internet was not to friend your students if you work as any sort of teacher. It’s like not friending your supervisors or the friends of your parents. You don’t need anyone checking up on you when you post pictures taken from the bar at 1 AM.
Also, let’s not forget that according to Facebook rules, you have to be 13 to have a Facebook profile. While Bour does teach sixth graders, I’m pretty sure a lot of them aren’t even old enough to have a Facebook. Maybe she should focus on sending letters home to parents of underage Facebookers rather than posting an open letter to Facebook at large. But whatever. She posted it.
“My generation was the one that kind of made Facebook big, and we have a tendency to overshare,” she said. “These students are just falling into that. You have to remind them that just because everyone else is sharing doesn’t mean you have to share.”
Bour’s letter went viral quickly, and not only has it appeared in nearly every state, it has also begun to pop up in foreign countries like Saudi Arabia, Germany and Australia.
“My sheet of paper with the green writing on it made it around the world,” she said. “So what do you think is going to happen to students who have inappropriate things up, and how far is that going to reach?”
Honestly, probably not that far. Since pretty much every kid on Facebook does that, it’s not that big of a deal.
But this did get me to thinking. I wonder what Bour’s personal Facebook page is like. She seems like she’s an early Gen Y/late Gen X woman like myself, and as such probably has hella compromising stuff that she’s been tagged in. Well, unfortunately the majority of her profile is on lockdown. The only posts and pictures I could see were the ones she added very recently.
Okay, Melissa Bour. Way to teach your students. Slow clap from all of us over here. Sure, your students may be well on their way to being responsible internet citizens, but will they ever know the joys of going to a job interview and having the interviewer ask them why they would possibly think the company would want to hire someone associated with The Lost Ogle? (P.S. That’s a fun one! It’s more fun when they really want to hire you, but spend 20 minutes asking if you’d consider not writing for TLO anymore.)
Anyway, this Melissa Bour character doesn’t have a completely clean online presence!
It’s a great day to be alive, I guess. If you’re like me, which I assume you’re not because generally there are more functional human beings on Earth than non-functioners like me, then you’re counting up all the paid time off you have left so you can better ration it. More than likely, if you have some, you’re taking it now and are really enjoying life. The rest of us who squandered all those hours a few months ago really hate you guys.
Anyway, as per usual, I’ve gathered up some tweets for your enjoyment. And, as always, they’re right here after the jump!
One of those clichés you hear about death is that you can’t take it with you. It being a vague pronoun reference, and also all the things you own. I heard a popular country song matter-of-factly state that they don’t make hearses with trailer hitches, as if to reinforce this point. Dead men tell no tales, nor do they possess a system of ownership. Just so we’re clear.
But here’s the thing about death. Even when you’re gone, that doesn’t mean that your loved ones will possess the same flippant attitude toward possessions. In fact, it’s highly likely that they’ll be fighting over your estate for a long time after your body is cold. But what you don’t expect is that they will probably have to fight some druggies to keep the flowers on your grave.
According to KFOR.com:
Happy Monday to all you out there. Isn’t it fantastic that the worst holiday of the year is now over? Don’t get me wrong, gluttony is my favorite of the Seven Deadly, but I hate any holiday where there aren’t enough distractions to prevent me from having to converse with relatives. At least with Christmas everyone has these awesome new presents to keep them preoccupied and your conservative doomsday prepper uncle isn’t trying to have conversations about Ferguson, Missouri, over coffee and pumpkin pie. Consumerism really is the saving grace of the holiday season.
Anyway, I know this Monday is going to be pretty rough, especially if you had the last four days off. So, know that I’ve gathered the very best tweets from the week before and put them all right here for your amusement. As always, they’re after the jump.
Just in case you were unaware, Thanksgiving is this week. After this week is the Christmas season. That’s when it’s totally kosher to start decorating for Christmas. I thought I would make that clear, because Walmart puts out Christmas shit in September. This throws off my Seasonal Affective Disorder, and makes me depressed while it’s still technically summer.
And some of you eager beavers are just as bad as Walmart, what with putting up decorations before you’ve even cooked your turkey–like Santa can fill those stockings before your dad takes a post-Thanksgiving nap while watching the football game. Then, some of you are just bad at decorating. Like people in Owasso, who have really bad taste in Christmas decorations. According to News9.com:
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