"You're a retard but I love you? Say what?
"I know that employers will look at that page, and I need to be more careful," said Webster, adding that other Prince William teachers have warned her about her page. "At the same time, my work and social lives are completely separate. I just feel they shouldn't take it seriously. I am young. I just turned 22."
This article, especially this specific paragraph, raised some interesting points. Although the internet, and all of its resources are free for all to see, is it really fair to judge people by what they choose to do and say for fun? I'm kinda on the edge for this topic.
On one hand, I think that it's every person's right to state their opinions and even have fun on the web. Websites like Facebook and MySpace were created for people to stay in contact with long lost friends, and have fun while doing so. It's a tool used to help us be creative and individuals. Why should we change who we are or put on a face just to please our employers?
On the other hand, I think that specific jobs should require specific behaviors. For example, if my boss at Staples told me that he didn't agree with something I'd put on my Facebook, I don't think there is much that he can do about it. As long as I'm not offending anyone in my workplace or directly insulting any specific person, what harm is being done? Unfortunately, some jobs do require specific guidelines to follow. Although even young teachers deserve to have fun every now and again, they need to keep in mind that they are the role models for hundreds of children yearly. What kind of example do you set when you put a bumpersticker on your Facebook that reads "You're a retard, but I love you?"
Don't get me wrong. I'm a full-fledged freedom of speech, but I think we all need to keep in mind that what we say online isn't always as private as we think it is. Maybe we could all learn a lesson from those Washington D.C. teachers.