Teachers all over the country have admitted that they secretly investigate the social media accounts of their students. One teacher recently admitted that she’s no different from many others, but what she discovered was quite shocking. Apparently, her sixth grade students see no problem or potential danger with uploading risqué photos to Facebook. So, she decided to take the initiative to address the issue.
According to The Daily Mail, Melissa Bour had seen a number of photos of her 11 and 12-year-old students posing in bras making obscene gestures for selfies. So, she decided to teach them a lesson about uploading photos to the internet. Bour, who teaches math and science at Emerson Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, wanted to give an example of how quickly photos and comments can go viral on social media. She reportedly uploaded a letter to Facebook voicing her disapproval of the risqué pictures her students are allowed to upload to the network regardless of their age.
Here’s the short letter:
I am a 6th grade teacher in Oklahoma. My 12 year old students think it is ‘no big deal’ that they are posting pictures of themselves in bras or with their middle fingers in the air.
Please help me out by sharing this image and commenting with where you live to show these young students how quickly their images can get around.
Thanks! Miss Bour.
She then asked her Facebook friends to share the letter on their pages. But, then she went a step further to teach another viable lesson: once a photo is uploaded to the internet it’s basically there forever because there’s always a copy. Although Bour later deleted the post from her Facebook page, multiple copies of the letter still existed because others had shared it. Soon, the photo of the letter had gone viral. Bour recently spoke with TODAY about the motivating factors for her letter. She also shared her perspective of the dangers of uploading risqué photos to social media networks.
“I noticed more and more pictures were showing up that were inappropriate,” she told TODAY. “So I used a teachable moment. I got out a piece of computer paper and a green pen and I wrote a little note.
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