Hang Loose When You Work With Children
When it's your job to mold young minds, even small indiscretions can get blown out of proportion. Posting pictures from a bachelorette party, making fun of a student’s haircut and calling students “germ bags,” have all brought down the ire of parents and officials on teachers’ heads. One teacher was even fired for posting pictures of herself with alcoholic drinks in her hands, though she wasn’t Facebook friends with any of her students.
A better career move: If you work with children, your social media presence should be squeaky clean. "Do not friend colleagues and do not engage with any students," Danielson says. "If they try to contact you, shut them down. Know your privacy settings inside and out."
Stay on top of anything others say about you, as well: Kabani uses Google Alerts and socialmention.com—which keeps track of everything people are talking about on social media—to keep tabs on what's being said about her and her clients.