An article I just read titled “Certifying Soft Skills?” got me thinking; about all the pitfalls, we have to deal with when it comes to social media in the educational arena (http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/confessions-community-college-dean/certifying-soft-skills). Do you accept Facebook requests from students or not? LinkedIn request are ok right? How about Google plus, Pinterest, Twitter, and Flickr requests?
What is the proper way to turn down dating requests from students, who nowadays might be your own age, and prevent rumors from spreading about you through social media? When people post false stories about you, are you supposed to dignify them with response or take the high road and ignore them?
How do you help your students understand that complaining about a problem does not allow you to cuss incessantly to the dean of campus about the problem? In addition, how do you keep a neutral mind when that same student comes to you for a job recommendation down the line?
I would be curious as to what people think about this phenomenon and I would like to hear about various situations you have dealt with and the eventual resolutions (good or bad).
Sharing information is a good thing, because in the end it makes us better educators right?
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III