When schools ask me to chat to parents, one of the things I often cover with them is how to – or how not to – use social media.
I urge parents not to vent their anger around a school on Facebook as, if we’re being honest, it’s often an issue that has been blown up out of all proportion or an isolated incident, but that fails to come across in status update typed in the heat of the moment with angry thumbs.
It was with interest I heard about the Florida mother who did just this, only for the school to expel her four year old son as a consequence.
I’m not going to go into whether or not the school should have responded they way it did, as I don’t know the full story.
Of more interest to me is the thought process of the mother who thought that she could write, “Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will’s School? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant?”
Perhaps, if she had left it at this, then we wouldn’t have heard about it, but she chose to tag the school.
The mother also found it hard to believe that the school would have an issue with something she posted on “a private Facebook page that only her friend list could see.”
She doesn’t seem to understand that she has published, quite openly. It’s just another example of why I have serious concerns about how we address social media with our kids. Many adults simply don’t get it!
And this speaks volumes. As this article suggests, with regards to the Internet, Privacy is Dead.
Author: Dan Haesler is a teacher, consultant and speaker at the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Young People seminars. His website is: http://danhaesler.com/ and he tweets at @danhaesler