As a Teacher Candidate you are now entering the professional field of education. Part of that responsibility includes adjusting some practices from “college student” to “teacher” appropriate. Look at various aspects of life with a new set of eyes – those of a teacher, Principal, parent or potential employer.
Remove pictures and posts which do not represent the professional educator you are becoming. Teacher Candidates have a very visible presence in a conservative field. Represent yourself as an upstanding member of this profession. When removing pictures and posts be sure to include text messaging, instant messaging, email, blogs, chat rooms, video-sharing Web sites, editorial comments posted on the Internet, and social network sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Flickr, and YouTube. This also includes photos your friends have of you on their own pages, as everything is linked and easy to navigate.
Two other socially visible areas needing to be updated are your cell phone messages and email address user name. Do callers hear loud music and a very “informal” greeting? Is your email address a business-like user name, or one which might raise eye-brows (i.e. hotmamma@)?
As a Teacher Candidate you are an educator and a role model for the students in your classroom. There may be times you are working in a classroom in which the Cooperating Teacher utilizes social media for instructional purposes. School Districts generally have an electronic media policy available to read. Should you wish to use electronic media in connection with a lesson you are giving, you are required to obtain permission from the Cooperating Teacher prior to teaching the lesson.