Upon the resumption of the final school term I was asked by our Principal to read a very concerning email that had been sent into our school via our website. This was a notification to the school about some undesirable behaviour by students of our school on a page naming our school, on Facebook. The author of the letter also expressed her concern about this online behaviour as the company she works for actively seeks information online about prospective employees and the behaviour of these students will reduce their chances of being employed by some companies.
Through further investigation we found that there were quite a few schools (approximately 30) across the state who had similar pages. The major concern for us as educators is that of the future of our students. We recognize this digital association will remain attached to their names indefinitely.
The analogy was recently made that the decisions and posts we make online should have more consideration that the decisions of a tattoo. A tattoo will go to the grave with the individual but the posts online will remain in cyber-space forever.
The following is an Info-graphic about employers screening employee candidates, from How Recruiters Use Social Networks to Screen Candidates [INFOGRAPHIC], By Erica Swallow
I would like to know how you teach socially appropriate behaviour for students’ future? And what action your school takes with socially unacceptable behaviour online when it is posted out side of school hours?