Facebook Photos: Your Delete Doesn’t Mean "Delete"

Even if you delete incriminating photos on your Facebook profile, the company is keeping them accessible to anyone online for up to 30 months.

The social networking site admitted it had been keeping deleted photos for a “limited” amount of time.”  the age.com.au “Facebook keeps ‘deleted' user photos for years by Ben Grubb.

Are you talking to students about the un-deletability of files?

We talk about how important it is to allow kids to fail. The problem with social media is a zero tolerance for failure. You mess up and your online presence or even employability may be gone forever. Just ask the Burger King sink bathtub guy or Steven Slater from Jet Blue Airline employee who flamed at passengers and had several videos go viral.

We use pencils when we want to let the kids erase and start over, but the Internet is most definitely in huge Sharpie permanent ink.

This brings up the point of taking kids into safe places with us where they can learn. Again, we have to examine the terms and conditions of those spaces to see if they are more responsible than facebook with their policy on photos, etc. I have, however, been hearing GREAT things about Edmodo and what they are doing in the educational space. My friends here in Maine are raving about them and their new interface and I plan on going back into the space for another look.

Some places we can't afford to let kids fail and need to help and guide them as they are learning.
Bring social-media-like spaces into schools and create educational network so that all children can understand how to use these tools, not just those who have Internet at home.

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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