Teachers and social networks

The other day I got involved in a heated debate on LinkedIn. I was promoting the interview I did with Marek Kiczkowiak and there was this person was way too aggressive. I decided not to reply anymore given the nature of the arguments, but some great people were willing to take a stand against discrimination and decided to take part in the discussion. Nathan Hall even wrote an article about it! Thank you all for your contributions, you have raised the level of that discussion.

Unfortunately, that was not the first (and probably not the last) time there is a backlash against people who want to advocate for equal rights. Recently Nicola Prentis and Russ Mayne gave a talk at this year’s IATEFL called ‘Where are the women in ELT?’. Two speakers, a man and a woman. Can you guess who had to deal with nasty comments?

I wonder why some people don’t filter out inappropriate comments or actions in social settings these days. This has always been a problem, but in today’s world, this can get you fired.

 Social networks are here to stay and they encourage people to live lives online and it may be difficult to know what to share and what to keep private. How much should we share with students, co-workers and bosses?

In today’s episode I give some ideas about how to juggle your personal and virtual life.

I hope you found it entertaining and informative. What about you? How do you manage your online presence? I’d love to know!


21 thoughts on “Teachers and social networks

  1. Great minds think alike. I was just writing something about Facebook too. Do you know how hard it is to find articles about Facebook on – er – google? Even the other search engines have cleaned up their act to an amazing degree. I’ve read so many critical articles, but (apart from Wikipedia) they are quite hard to find.

  2. Hi T., hi Nada,

    I write a reader about the day to day life of two in-company trainers (we are heroes, aren’t we, so I made mine my protagonists!). I just had them looking at their social media sites, and when I looked around for an angle for FB I was struck by how “cleaned up” I thought their internet footprint was. I know so many people who are wary of FB – presumably because they have read up on it – but there was no reference to any of these (newspaper?) stories on search engines. Wikipedia was quite critical, but otherwise the FB record was as slaphappy as – well FB itself!

    I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but I felt things had been strategically removed and it intrigued me.

    Here’s yesterday’s short post. I may return to the subject in depth later.



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