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Facebook-less

20 Dec

Upon hearing that we had to go without Facebook for a week I wasn’t exactly quite sure how I was going to be. My life is on there. No not to find out when the next party is. But to find out who is going on tour. Where boyband A is on his day off, how my best friend in Pittsburgh is, and so on. I also find a lot of crafts and project ideas for my teaching job at a daycare/preschool/kindergarten facility.

It was just as hard as I thought it was going to be. But not for any of the above listed reasons. My little brother. 19. Jeff. He is in the Marines. He is currently residing in Japan. No phone service. Only communication through the internet. Skype has been our lifeline, however with a 14 hour time difference, phone calls are very seldom because he has roommates that don’t want to hear his phone conversations, and we are usually sleeping when he can talk. Therefore, my brother and I communicate through Facebook. Whenever I got a notification on my phone that he messaged me, I opened up Facebook Messenger App on my iphone, therefore I wasn’t tempted to start going through my newsfeed.

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Dear future educators, don’t let Facebook or Twitter be the reason you do not get hired!

12 Dec

Many of us are quickly approaching the end of our college education. Being an education student at Rowan, I know by the time I graduate, I will be full of knowledge, skills, strategies, and experience needed to be an effective teacher. 5 years of lectures, presentations, research, projects, papers, field experience, the list goes on and on. But now the time has come for you to land that job you have been working so hard for.

Imagine your first interview, palms sweaty, legs shaking, yet you leave feeling like you nailed it! You hope for the principal to call and tell you, “We would like to offer you a 3rd grade teaching position.” Awesome! All that hard work is now paying off! You got the job of your dreams! But wait, before the principal made that call, he decided to stalk your Facebook. Instead, that long awaited phone call from the principal now says, “After our interview and thoroughly reviewing your resume, I believe you would be a great addition to our teaching staff, but after coming across a photo of you boozing it up with a caption saying “white girl wasted!” and a status saying, “The principal I just interviewed was such a tool bag, but I think I nailed it!” I have decided to reconsider.” Well now, doesn’t that suck! All that hard work, time, and money invested is useless if you are not smart about what you post onto your social networking sites. Even if you think you have your privacy settings set to where you think only your friends can see you, it only takes that one photo, status, or comment to be seen by one wrong person who is just waiting to throw you under the bus. Or that one picture of you at a bar throwing back a birthday shot, and that friend is friends with a member of the school board. Now that member on the school board no longer thinks highly of how you made yourself sound from your resume. Your years of education and exceptional resume does zero justice for you when your Facebook reveals so much more.

After reading a few articles online, I can’t help but think it is time to clean up my Facebook, to be more aware of my future posts and photos, or maybe just delete the whole thing all together. After reading the article, “Facebook Faux Pas Leads to Teacher Losing Job”, “I hate their guts-they are all devil’s spawn” and “Teachers under the morality microscope” part of me realizes that I need to have common sense when it comes to social networking, but I am also very frustrated with how teachers are held at such high standards even when going about their every day lives outside of the classroom.

Certain situations where teachers have been fired for posts on their Facebook are a little over the top. For example, A Georgia teacher, Ashley Payne, was vacationing in Europe over the summer. She visited a brewery and when she returned she posted pictures from her trip along with a picture of herself holding a beer in her hand while at the brewery. An anonymous e-mail was written to the principal from a “parent of a student” (more likely a rival teacher or enemy looking to ruin Ashley’s career) (Click here to read the email) Ashley was forced to resign. This situation angers me to no end. After reading the e-mail, it is obvious to me that this “parent of a student” is more likely an envious …(insert horrible, vulgar name here). I hope that envious person who ruined Ashley’s career realizes that what goes around comes around.

Ashley Payne's photo that got her fired

Ashley Payne’s photo that got her fired

Some situations where teachers are canned for something on a social networking site, I 100% agree with. For example, a student drowned at the beach during a field trip, and the next day a 5th grade teacher from Brooklyn posted a status saying, “After today, I am thinking the beach sounds like a wonderful idea for my 5th graders! I HATE THEIR GUTS! They are the devils spawn!” What blows my mind the most is that this teacher got her job back. This repulses me. If I ever saw this teacher in person, I would probably slap her for her lack of common sense and then punch her for their lack of empathy for that child who drowned. Actually I take that back, I would not commit any act of violence because that is wrong and I am going to be a teacher held at high standards and promoting violence through my educational blog is silly of me. (Ugh)

Basically, we need to have common sense, zero enemies, and a social networking site of a nun in order to get a teaching job and not get fired. Personally, I think the rules need to be clearer as far as what is acceptable and what is not and teachers should be able to enjoy their lives outside of the classroom without the fear of being fired. Drinking over the age of 21 is legal, if a teacher has a photo with a drink in their hand, that does not mean they are a bad teacher. In the mean time, future educators, start cleaning your Facebook pages today!

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Stalker free is the way to be!

12 Dec
Notifications await!

Notifications await!

I successfully completed the Facebook challenge! Being without Facebook for the week was surprisingly enjoyable. It is like a sick obsession, an addiction, and being away from it was detoxifying. I find that many times when I am on Facebook, I don’t even realize it. Being on Facebook is like a unconcious act, my finger just taps on the app and before I know it I am scrolling through my newsfeed, stalking away, finding out information about others I could honestly not care less about, yet I can’t stop. I would be lying if I said I did not miss it at all. Well, maybe miss is not the right word. I did not exactly miss being on Facebook, but I missed out on a few thing because I was not checking in on my Facebook. For example; I always know the round about dates to my best friends birthdays. I know as far as the month, and whether it is the beginning, middle, or end. I leave the rest up to Facebook to prompt me on the actual date. Well, this Facebook challenge made me miss one of my best friends birthday. I actually had to call another mutual friend and ask them to check on Facebook for the actual date. Then that friend told me, “it was 2 days ago”. Needless to say, I was in the crappy friend dog house, but luckily my good friend quickly got over it.

The only times I really missed having Facebook was when I got home from work late at night. I am a bartender and don’t get home till 1am-3am. After running my butt off all through the night and into the wee hours of the morning, it takes me awhile to wind down, and Facebook is usually my go to app. Usually every night (or technically morning) after work I lie in bed, my body exhausted but my mind still running, and I scroll through my news feed until I relax and fall asleep. At first I hated twitter as my Facebook substitute, but it got the job done, along with my buddy Pinterest. Many people use Facebook to pass time, but everyone complains that they need more time, so why waste it on Facebook? Maybe I am still stuck in my detoxified stage and may have a relapse, but I have to admit this was a good experience.

Even when I logged in for the first time tonight, seeing those 22 notification, 2 friends requests, and 1 message, I knew it was most likely nothing important. The only time I am actually curious about  a notification is when it is a picture tag. I know I am speaking for many girls when I say this, but when you see you are tagged in a photo, you have to check to make sure you approve! If not, you will instantly do everything you can to get that tagger to take the photo down to save yourself the embarrassment of the horrible photo, even though you are probably just being picky and you look totally fine. But luckily for me, I knew that none of those notifications were picture tags because my email would have notified me. I also do not go out as much as I used to so I was not worried about a potential embarrassing photo being tagged like I used to in my party days! Although, I did rap “Baby got back” on the mic at work the other night, so I could have possibly been tagged in a video! Now that would be super embarrassing!

The only other time I felt like I needed Facebook was for work. Like I said, I am a bartender at a local bar in my town. The bar uses Facebook to promote events and drink specials which is usually part of my job. It was hard not seeing upcoming events, the live entertainment, and posting drink specials to try to get my friends to come up. So instead I had to find out the old school way, you know, like text or call my boss and ask a few simple questions. That was totally, like, such an inconvenience! (Kidding)

Overall, this week away from Facebook felt like rehab for my addiction. I think my addiction has been cured, and I honestly may not even download the app back on my phone. Maybe just log in from a computer here or there to upload pictures or post a status; or to untag an embarrassing video of me rapping! You never know when someone is capturing a moment of you acting a fool!