Girl Sues When Her Facebook Bikini Shot Ends Up in Unlikely Public Place

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kids onlineA Georgia school district is facing a lawsuit after a teacher went on Facebook and snagged a picture of a student, then used the picture in a class lesson on how online postings stay public forever. Oh, the irony! Maybe if Chelsea Chaney had taken heed of that lesson, the photo of her posing in a bikini with a cardboard cut-out of Snoop Dogg would never have ended up in a classroom to begin with!

Which begs the question: who was teaching this kid about online safety? Who was monitoring her online?

I don't believe in going all Big Brother on our kids; they need at least a modicum of privacy. When there was talk of Facebook giving parents full control over their kids' accounts, I was quick to condemn the idea. Kids need a place to let themselves go, have emotions, have freedom of thought.

That said, as parents, it's our jobs to keep them safe.

And the Chelsea Haney situation teaches us that talking to our kids about social media privacy is not enough. We need to be double-checking that photos like the one that landed the Fayette County Schools District in a legal battle aren't being made public.

That doesn't mean taking over our kids' pages. It means checking their public profiles. What can people access from the outside?

Photos? Tweets? Personal information?

Yes, we should empower our kids with information to protect themselves, but it doesn't hurt to follow up and make sure they're actually practicing what we preach.

Don't do it and your kid could become the next lesson on Internet privacy.

Do you check your kids' public social media accounts to make sure they aren't putting themselves in danger?


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LostS... LostSoul88

well... It was public. I'm sure a bunch of her school mates already saw it. If she didn't want it shown to everyone then she should have never made it public herself. Blood thirty for money it sounds like. It wasn't like her photo was private and the teacher was one of her many "friends" on facebook. Anyone had access to it. 

Why don't parents monitor the childrens facebook anymore?

nonmember avatar damien

why is she suing facebook? oh ya they have the big pockets

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

Damien, she's suing the school district, not Facebook.  And this is a ridiculous lawsuit.  If she didn't want the picture being shown, going forward with a lawsuit and making it public like this is not the way to go about it.  Now we all see the picture (and it's not a big deal.  I hope this lawsuit gets dismissed).

Kimarie Frakes

If she didn't want people to see it then she wouldn't have posted it in the first place.  No reason to cry foul now!

Eclip... Eclipse920

What's the big deal with the picture anyway? She's in a bathing suit posing with a cut out .... So what? Your not allowed to have pictures taken when your in vacation anymore when you usually wear nothing but some sort of bathing suit the whole time? A bikini isn't that big of a deal.

tuffy... tuffymama

GMAFB. It isn't like the teacher snapped a pic of her taking a poop on the ladies room. She posted that pic herself for the world to see!

Johnny Buller

Once you post something on the internet you have given up your right to privacy. If you don't want anyone to see it don't post it.

Deborah Chambers

i think first of all the girl needs to have her Facebook taken down i mean u don't put photos on there that u want to be private, second the teacher should have never taken it and showed the class i mean who is and were are the adults with any me face book is a social media for mature adults not children..i mean u tell me what child has any responsibility come on now. child's will do some of the craziest things and as parents we need to be more visible..children need to be kids not mini adults surfing the internet when there are alot of predators out there in the world

Heath... HeatherMazzone

I think the problem is that this creepy teacher singled her out in front of everybody. You can teach a lesson without being creepy and publicly humiliating a teenage girl. Because let's be honest, that's what he was doing.

kckcm2 kckcm2

I agree with you Heather. A random Google pic would have sufficed no need to single out someone in the class.

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