Last week's "Consider This" on the images posted by young adults on social networking websites generated a lot of comments. A science teacher wrote, "MySpace and Facebook should be in (school) curriculum(s) to facilitate the conversation about everything that could go wrong. Educators and parents also need to talk about everything that could go right. What about teaching them how to use social networking sites to connect to potential teachers, to publish their ideas, (and) share content?"
A 20-year-old college student wrote, "Sadly there are those like the ones shown on TV who can be foolish in their thoughts and actions. But please do not accuse an entire generation of being like a small percentage that you hear the most about. The only reason you hear more about these kinds of cases is because they make for sensational news. I'm sure you wouldn't want to do a story on a normal small town girl who enjoys reading in her spare time and NOT partying, drinking or obsessing over MySpace or Facebook. Because that would just be boring."
Well, it wasn't our intention to ban these sites, nor to accuse an entire generation of being fools. We just want everyone to know that when you post something on the internet, you lose control of your pictures and words. You can take it down later, but if they were copied by someone else to another server they can remain out there forever. And that can cost you a good college education or a great job.