During last week’s class, we explored digital identity of professionals on the Internet.
My thoughts: Professional or not, you should always think about what pictures or words that you are posting on the web. You never know what the future holds for you.
You might have an offer for an incredible job, the opportunity to participate in a contest or just change your career at some point. Whatever you post online will always be accessible to whoever is digging to find that specific information and could easily use it against you. As a pre-service teacher, I believe it is crucial to remove all contents I don’t want my future employer, students, parents or superiors to see. I do use different apps such as Twitter and Instagram, but if I don’t want someone to see their content, I will go out of my way to make my profile private or remove/block users that could jeopardize a future job opportunity.
Learning that a teacher from the US got fired for posting a picture of herself, on holidays and holding beers just blows my mind. I do not think that a teacher should be fired for that, she was definitely not around kids and she was on vacation. Then again, if she would of made her profile private and filtered whoever had access to her page, maybe she wouldn’t of found herself in that situation. On the other hand, this other teacher from Canada got fired from posting nude pictures of herself on her Twitter page and admitted to smoking marijuana. In my opinion, this crosses the line. Why would you post nude pictures of yourself on the Internet to start with?
Having seen those two extremes, I decided to create a professional Twitter page (@roseacouture) and a professional blog that represents who I really am, as a professional. People need to realize that technology is a way of making new professional connections all over the world and whatever these strangers see, are the way they will perceive you.