by JESSE SCACCIA
Summer vacation! Finally teachers can sleep in past 6 am, go to the bathroom whenever they feel like it, and cruise the Internet for hours and hours everyday.
I love the Internet, but it is totally sin-spiring. You start out going online with your best intentions: reading the newspaper, doing serious research, writing emails of affection, beauty and longing.
But that only lasts for a few clicks. And that’s when we realize this God-send of technology is really a devil, and it is singing its siren song from weedy rocks like MySpace and Facebook.
If only the descent into indecency ended there! It gets worse, my teacher friends. It’s bad enough we end up on Facebook and MySpace… but then the angel/devils, they sing too loud, they sing too perty… and we end up… (gasp!)
On. Our. Student’s. MySpace. Pages.
C’mon. Like you’ve never been there.
So this isn’t necessarily a creepy or pervy thing to do. We like our students. They become our friends, like nephews and nieces or some other relation of affection. It’s only natural that we would be curious about their personal lives.
The problem is what we find there. Inevitably you’ll find pictures of drinking, drugging, and all sorts of immoral/illegal/give-you-the-chills activities. The question then becomes, what do we do with this information?
Are our moral obligations as teachers still in play even as we’re cyberstalking our students?
The New York Times Magazine’s “Ethicist” Randy Cohen took on this very problem. Well worth the read.
But what do y’all perv-ass teachers think?