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Think Before You Post

The use of social networking technologies has infiltrated many aspects of our culture including the workplace. Online sites such as Facebook and YouTube are extremely popular and almost half of the users of MySpace are 35 and older. As the new generation of teachers enter the classrooms this fall, they face an interesting choice. How much of your personal life do you share with your professional life (students, parents, other teachers and administrators)? In our database, ERIC, it pointed to an interesting article in Phi Delta Kappan (May 2008, page 681-685), a periodical that the library owns. The article, Have You Googled Your Teacher Lately, is about teachers using social networking sites and the potential impact of their choice whether or not to post private information.