Hold on to your hats. I’m going to do something I don’t often do:
Yes, I just linked to The Sun. Why? Because this is yet another example of people failing to understand the nature of the net – something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to over the last week, for various reasons. Publishing on the internet is not a “get out of jail card” – if anything, it’s the reverse. If you rant about your pupils to a friend in a letter, the chances are that only your friend will ever see it. If you rant about them on a web page, the chances are that your pupils will be able to track it down.
Now, there are way of posting private stuff to the net, well, privately. Facebook and Voxet al have privacy features built in. Until people learn to understand this, and then start using them, then stories like this will keep bubbling up.