Students On Facebook: Be Careful When And What You Post

Facebook has become one of the largest companies in the world, even more so since its investment from Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies. It has also become what some may call a great ‘Snooping’ tool.

By ‘Snooping’ we mean debt collectors using Facebook and Twitter to keep tabs on you. If you are being chased by the collectors and you have just posted an update on your Facebook saying that the Caribbean Island you have just returned from was amazing, then as Debbie Turner of OSM says, you will be giving the game away.

We have then heard claims that kids being rude about a teacher on Facebook were suspended, all 16 of them! The students had posted on each others walls their dislike being directed at a teacher. Another teacher from the school picked up on the posts and took action. You can read more about that story in India by clicking here.

Now we are hearing that Facebook is in the thick of it again. This time it’s the cause of another educational controversy. Four nursing students have been excluded from a Kansas institution for posting pictures of them with a placenta of the human variety. According to the ibtimes.com, one of the students who is in her final year of her education is trying to get a court injunction to reverse the decision taken by Johnson Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.

The 22 year old student Doyle Byrnes says that pictures were taken and posted with the instructor being aware and not opposing at the time. The photos were removed immediately on the same day when the instructor of the class called her and requested that they were removed. The court case will go ahead on January 6th. You can read more about this story by clicking here.

It seems crazy that you can jeopardize your professional life in such a quick easy way. This seems like a bit of a loophole, although in a previous work place one of our team members witnessed an employee given their marching orders for a similar act.

What do you think about this? Are the students right to be excluded or should this be reconsidered? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.