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Teacher? or your new online Nanny?


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Power of Social Media
Social media is integrated into everyone’s life as it exists in our phone, tablet and computer. With this flexibility, educational institutes has integrated social media as a form of communication as it brings the listed benefits[1]:

1- It is free and heavily used by everyone
2- Provides 24/7 availability for Students, Teachers and Parents
3- Convenient and efficient way to broadcast message
4- Better teacher student bonding

Personal Privacy?
However, there is always two sides to a coin. The increased level of convenience via social media has brought up the ethical issue of personal privacy between teacher and student, the lack of distinct privacy has led to the following problems.


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Use of social media reduces the barrier from teacher to students and parents. They are able to scrutinize much more of a teacher’s private life than before[2]. Teachers should hold a good and professional image but it should not come at the cost of giving up their social life as they need to express themselves freely at times, not able to do so might result to mental breakdown.

This is why teacher should hold multiple online identities for anonymity to express themselves under circumstances. Also, it is important for them to create a professional online profile as they are constantly being judged by students and parents.

Cyber-Baiting


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It also brings up an issue like cyber-baiting, where students will video down the process of annoying their teachers to frustration and uploading it on social media (eg. Facebook), purely for the sake of fun, leading to cyberbullying in the future.

Drawing the line of professionalism?


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Following, will be teachers to draw their line as a professional personnel. Social media exposes student issues such as underage drinking and cyberbullying[3]. The lack of personal privacy between teacher and student has escalated the need for teachers to response to these issues due to the role of an educator. Should a teacher be sued for not responding to such online matters? Or should they step back and take their well-deserved break?

Lastly, with the lowered privacy barrier, teachers have a better understanding for students thinking and character which might impair their judgement to student’s work, thus. Affecting both teacher’s professionalism and student’s study future.

Conclusion
In conclusion, social media for education is a dual-edge sword, they provide better efficiency and convenience. However, they also bring in ethical issue of personal privacy that will lead to many other issues for a teacher and student relation.

Easter

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References:

1- http://elearningindustry.com/facebook-at-schools-professional-teachers-use-facebook – Accessed on 09112015

2- http://ikeepsafe.org/educational-issues/social-media-in-the-classroom-the-digital-safety-debate-part-3-of-3/ – Accessed on 09112015

3- http://ikeepsafe.org/educational-issues/social-media-in-the-classroom-the-digital-safety-debate-part-1-of-3/ – Accessed on 09112015

Social media in the classroom part 2
http://ikeepsafe.org/educational-issues/social-media-in-the-classroom-the-digital-safety-debate-part-2-of-3/ – Accessed on 09112015

Cyber-Baiting
http://www.takepart.com/article/2011/12/07/cyberbaiting-teens-find-high-tech-ways-humiliate-teachers – Accessed on 09112015

What ethical issues teachers having social media?
http://www.enotes.com/homework-help/what-ethical-issues-teachers-having-social-media-472467 – Accessed on 09112015

TED-Glenn Greenwardn Privacy
http://www.ted.com/talks/glenn_greenwald_why_privacy_matters – Accessed on 09112015

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10 thoughts on “Teacher? or your new online Nanny?

  1. Hey there Easter!

    I really enjoyed reading your blog! Your point on the ethical issue of privacy of the educators being invaded really got me thinking – I agree educators have a responsibility to portray a professional image, but at the same time, not have to forsake their social life. However, having mentioned this point, do you think that students are under the pressure to portray a “proper” image to their teachers as well?

    As much as teachers are vulnerable to the scrutiny of students and parents, students are also potential victims of constant judgement of their social life that may (negatively) influence how the teacher perceive them as a person due to their lifestyle outside class time. It is human nature to form opinions of others and allow these pre-conceived impressions to cloud our judgement. Hence I’m suggesting that it would be an ethical issue for teachers (who very often are assessors as well) to form a negative impression of a student and have that bias during assessment of the student’s work.

    What do you think? :o)

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    1. Sup Jas!
      Thanks for dropping over~
      My initiate focus wanted to add in the privacy pressure for students too but I was limited by the word count.
      I agree students are also greatly affect by the lowered personal privacy barrier, with the need for them to limit their comments and posts, which is much harder for them as they are still young.
      Being young at heart like us, we tend to do things without much consideration and also having the YOLO attitude. In the eyes of our teachers, it is natural for them to be worried for us thus stepping in to teach us which we feel constraint even on social media other than school.
      The ethical issue of personal privacy has certainly led on to pre-conceived impression. It used to be an act of professionalism for educators to not judge their student but with the rising convenience of social media along with the need for teachers to understand the well-being of their student. It has resulted to pre-conceived impression, education institute can implement guidelines for teachers thus enable them to have a guideline to fall back on instead of getting influenced with self-thinking.
      Hope this helps to clarify your understanding! :>
      Easter

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  2. Hi Easter, I really enjoy your take on this unethical social media issue regarding education and teachers. Your article made me realize that this problem is of an importance that requires attention. It hit me that teachers are put in a spot with social media when their privacy and respect from students are at stake. Cyber-baiting, especially, is intolerable.

    Personally, I advocate for having one online identity to a large extent, and I have no qualms adding my teachers on social media. Now with the issues you mentioned, I understand that multiple identities is needed for teachers to draw the line between work and personal life.

    I agree that the lowered privacy could change the impression of the teacher-student relationship, after witnessing events or photos. However, to remain professional, I feel that this personal relationship with the students shouldn’t affect the grading of students’ work. What do you think? ☺

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    Crystal Moh

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    1. Hey Crystal~
      Thanks for agreeing with my post, I think multiple online identities is supported but only with the right use and purpose.
      The lowered privacy does helped teachers to understand students learning ability better and also student’s well-being. However, teachers are also human too, they do have emotions and feeling and it is only natural with their caring and giving nature to be affected by student’s holistic growth.
      To remain professional, I will recommend education institute to implement guidelines on to what extent a teacher should do and upon facing with different situation, having a guideline on how should teachers react officially will greatly assist them to stay professional.
      I believe with guidelines and suitable training given to teachers, they will be able to stay professional while enjoying the benefits that social media has brought in to help broadcast education with ease with efficiency.
      Do you agree it will be better?
      Easter

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  3. Hello Easter 🙂

    Just read through your blog post and I really found all the points you covered regarding online ethical issues interesting 🙂

    Just a short question regarding cyber-baiting, but what are some ways that you think the teachers can do to prevent it? I could think of some such as teachers not friending their students online, discussing with other fellow teachers and being prepared for a cyberbaiting incident should one occur in their classroom. But just wanted to know your opinion regarding these ways to prevent 🙂

    Thank you! sorry for the late comment! 😦

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    1. Yo Julia,

      Thanks for dropping by my blog!

      I believe teachers should be well-informed about about cyberbullying and education institute then will have specific guidelines on how such cases should be handled to prevent cyber-baiting.

      One of the most basic way is to actually build a good relationship with their students from the start.
      They should not condone such act. Teachers should have that image whereby they should be firm in what they say. By then, teachers will gain respect from students to greatly reduce the chances of cyberbullying.

      No problem, I hope my comments will help further your understanding 🙂

      Easter

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