Teacher warned over photos
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 2:52p.m.
By Cleo Fraser
Teachers are being warned to check their Facebook privacy settings after photos of an Auckland assistant principal wearing a bikini and underwear were posted publicly online and linked to the school's website.
The images of Glen Eden Intermediate School assistant principal Kylie Fullerton have raised questions about what is appropriate for teachers to post online and where the line is drawn between their public and private lives.
Ms Fullerton's Facebook profile picture, which shows her wearing a red bikini, and information about where she works can be viewed by anyone browsing the internet.
The school's name is linked to a Facebook page which directs users to the school's website.
There is another image on her page in which she is wearing a bikini and another public image is of her wearing black high heels, black lacy underpants and a white business shirt.
One friend comments that she looks "hot, hot, hot" and another says she's "smoking".
In comments about the photo Ms Fullerton says she had been trying to make the image private and was surprised it was still public.
Another public image is of a quote which says: "Everybody is always so f***ing "fine", in which Ms Fullerton comments: "F*** world. This is me stamping my feet and shaking my fist at you".
Glen Eden Intermediate School Principal Terry Hewetson said he would be speaking to Ms Fullerton about the images.
"I think I need to have a discussion with her around that," he said.
Mr Hewetson says teachers are spoken to in general terms about the ethics and code of conduct in relation to posting public information and images online.
Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) president Robin Duff said there are no "hard and fast" rules for teachers using social networking websites.
"You need to ask yourself: `if a complete stranger were to read this, or a parent or student, would this be considered sensible or inappropriate in any way as a professional'?".
Mr Duff says he strongly recommends that teachers who use Facebook or other websites check very carefully whether their images or comments are open to the public.
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7/11/2012 2:27:05 p.m.
"Oh noes, a Teacher was wearing a bikini at the beach, lets hang her!"
This is rediculous.
If she was fat and ugly I bet noone would even care.
7/11/2012 2:04:09 p.m.
this is stupid wrote:
im sorry but out side of work teachers they have lives and they dont have to censor anything due to people disagreeing with them what happened to freedom of speech because apprently if society disagrees qwith you your not aloud to do that???
7/11/2012 9:44:00 a.m.
@robyn - you have missed the point. The article is warning teachers to check privacy settings as this scenario be avoided. If you're a principal you should consider. "would i want my students to see this photo". If not...don't post it.
6/11/2012 3:14:27 p.m.
I agree with RJ, this is gutter journalism. More of what I would expect from a trashy womens magazine.
What on earth is wrong with someone having bikini pics on facebook?
Go and report some real news.
5/11/2012 9:19:54 p.m.
This is journalism at its worst. The very article highlighting the perils of the public accessing a teacher's private information; names and shames a teacher for accidentally doing so. I agree that the teacher made an error, but it wasn't her error that brought the photos to her pupil's/parent's attention - it was your decision to lower your journalistic standards to that of a trashy gossip magazine that has done so. Shame on you Cleo Fraser.
5/11/2012 7:09:02 p.m.
The days when the "school marm" had to be a virgin and not entertain men or have a drink or quit teaching when she got married are supposedly over . . . at least in the rest of the civilised world. The Ministry of Education employs a teacher Monday thru Friday usually 8 am till approx. 5 pm. After then the teacher does what she or she sees fits. If the Ministry and local school board want the teacher on call 24/7 then there are monetary allowances to be paid for the extra time. However, in the real world, the teachers are not paid any extra, so their time belongs to them. Welcome to the 21st century.
5/11/2012 6:59:20 p.m.
I trained as a teacher. It is a strange profession. Your private life can be made very public and the school can make it their business if they want. Being openly gay can get you pushed out in some schools.
5/11/2012 5:30:22 p.m.
Was she naked? if not then whats the big deal. Every movie these days has a girl wearing a bikini
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