Whether inside or outside of the school building, your use of e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, blogging, and social networking can affect you and your job.You and your colleagues are on smartphones, tablets and laptops sharing updates with their fans and followers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and a host of different social networks.
"Social networking" has transformed communications. It uses web-based services that focus on building interactive online social communities of people willing to share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Social networking sites allow you to share your personal information, interests, educational and professional information, photos, and other information. These sites allow you to connect with colleagues, former classmates and friends by becoming "friends" or "contacts" through social networks.
These sites are powerful tools for educators. They provide real-time communication, allowing immediate connection for collaborative brainstorming and idea sharing. People have professional developments, news, and resources at their fingertips. But if not properly handled, social networking can cause serious problems for you on your job and personally.