Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.

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Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I've had several conversations with old friends over the past few months and it's unanimous. We are SO happy that we weren't online much in our college days, that photos were still on film, and that facebook wasn't around. It kept our wild college days happily confined to our photo albums and memories! Good for you for trying to guide them...I can't imagine coming up through my teens and twenties with so much social media. I'm not sure I would've been 100% with good decisions.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Me either, Omaha. I think I would definitely be regretting a few things if I'd had access to FB, Twitter and the likes during MY college days!


mouse's picture mouse

I still wonder if I'm making the right choices online. But I am always aware that my FB statuses go out to such a range of people: some I've known since grade school, others I've never met in person, former colleagues and even students, my son's teachers (who are also, in some sense, my colleagues now too since we teach for the same district), and family (mine and my in-laws).

When we had a conversation at my previous school about putting ourselves online, the thing that got students' attention was that universities had started searching on applicants and had even rescinded a few offers based on LiveJournal and FB. Oddly, they felt violated that teachers might be reading their posts, but not that strangers could be.


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

It's funny what the internet does to our sense of violation. I remember feeling incredibly violated when the people who we bought our current home from googled me and found my old personal blog; yet I knew my blog was out there for anyone to see!

What's also odd is that my students didn't seem to mind that *I* was seeing their updates, even though they were seeing me every day in class...