A Times Editorial

Pink slip a click away

It turns out that efforts to teach kids that the Internet can be an unwelcome open book on their private lives have been lost on some teachers.

Though fears about social networking services such as MySpace and Facebook have centered around children and potential predators, more and more adults are being embarrassed and damaged by the sites.

An investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel into teachers in the Palm Beach County School District unveiled pictures and words that could prove fatal to their teaching careers after they were unwittingly posted for the world to see on their Facebook profiles.

It serves as another reminder that in this age of technology, privacy should never be assumed. The teachers, confronted with their unprofessional Internet posts, said they thought only their friends would be able to see them.

As companies continue to develop online and social media policies, employees should be more careful of what they put online. Once something is posted, it usually can never be fully erased.

The Big Brother watching you just might be your employer.

Pink slip a click away 06/06/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 9, 2008 1:46pm]

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