It does not matter who you are or what your profession is, everyone has a reputation. You could be a high- school student, a lawyer, a doctor, a pilot or even a stay at home parent. No matter who you are or what you do, your reputation is sacred. Your reputation is something that you build who the type of person you are, and how you want your professional and personal community to view you. Reputations can easily be ruined and tarnished in the blink of an eye, and we see this happen everyday in the news, because of some type of scandal that has happened. This is exactly what happened in Cheshire, England.
— Sami Sugarman (@SamiSugarman) November 6, 2014
We hear about a different “school- sex” story every other day in the news. How teachers and faculty members are being charged with sexual assault of their students. Even if these accusations are not always so true, once someone is accused, their reputation is slowly being ruined and influenced, by the school community and also when the local media gets involved. Schools are supposed to be there for their teachers and faculty when something like this happens, to protect them when falsely accused, but they are always going to take the student’s word first. As a future educator, I will always believe my student in order to ensure their safety and protection while in their classroom and school community. The facts of the matter are sorted out in a way that tries to be hidden, but the school should never hide the wrong doing of a teacher, if they know the person is guilty of a crime to save the school’s reputation.
Education and the methods of teaching are changing at a fast pace, and they have change majorly since I have been in elementary school. I never had the types of technology that young students have today. Technology in the classroom is supposed to provide more student engagement and the motivation to learn, but it can also provide a distraction from learning, because the technology being used, such as iPads, are also used in many of their home environments, for entertainment purposes. Personally, I have been in the classroom where iPads are being used for helping students read, and for this class it is working, where there are limited distractions. This type of new found technology in the classroom is not only for the students, but also for the teachers and faculty members in the use of utilizing social media in the classroom. According to Dian Schaffhauser, in her article, “Classroom Tech, Professional Development Top List of Faculty Concerns“, many teachers and faculty members have utilized the concept of social media in order to “provide social development and opportunities for teachers to collaborate with colleagues”. Social media is being used as a resource in order to communicate and also find inspiration for their lesson plans and correlating activities. According to this article’s research, social media will not be seen as a “distraction”, and it will be seen as a resource in order for students and teachers to be successful.
— Sami Sugarman (@SamiSugarman) November 6, 2014
Two of the biggest social media sensations on campus are the snapchat account YikYakRowan and the Facebook page “Rowan University Secrets/Confessions.” Both of these are forms of anonymous social media, so people seem to have no problem submitting revealing pictures of themselves, attaching the names of themselves or others to posts, or posting comments with degrading or argumentative topics. The question I’m dying to know the answer to is, “How screwed are we when it comes to finding jobs?” It’s becoming increasingly common for companies to look at potential employees’ social media history with background-check intensity, meaning that the snapchat screenshot of your newly-pierced nipples that your friend drunkenly posted on Facebook and tagged you in might actually affect your opportunities in the future.
YikYakRowan is a snapchat account (based on and named after the popular Yik Yak app, which missed the cut on this list because it’s so heavily moderated and mostly harmless posts about being a “thirsty b***h” anyway) that reposts pictures from other Rowan students to their story, for all of their followers to see. While this is great for some harmless entertainment or even helping people locate lost items (I’ve seen more than one lost credit card on there) some students are taking it too far. Among the pictures of pets, goofy faces, and disturbingly accurate drawings done with a phone stylus are nude pictures (how consensual these pictures are sometimes is up for debate) pictures of students holding alcoholic beverages, and images taken of people without their knowledge.
Similarly, Rowan University Secrets/Confessions is a Facebook page that allows students to anonymously submit “confessions” that are then posted on the page. Past posts range from crushes and compliments to multiple confessions about vindictively putting bodily fluids in roommates’ personal items. Again, while the posts are anonymous, people tend to get in arguments in the comments section or post degrading things about friends regarding the post. Though this is usually done in good fun, it can bounce back later when it ends up on your profile.
My point is this: while everything is usually meant as all in good fun, be careful what you put out there. Even posts on the most anonymous of platforms can come back to bite you.