Last week, a high school football coach in Oxford, ME, Paul Withee , resigned after it was discovered he had posted a nude photo of himself on Facebook. Withee had intended for the photo to be posted privately to a personal friend but he accidently made it public. A parent from the school found the photo and notified the school where Withee was also a math and science teacher. When confronted, Withee immediately resigned and took the photo down.
To a certain degree, I feel bad for the guy. He didn’t have any students as friends on his Facebook and it seems he genuinely intended it to be seen by only one person and just made a mistake.
But… a couple of things here. First, does anyone really want to see a nude photo of a middle-aged football coach? OK, maybe if the coach is George Clooney or Brad Pitt but other than that, I have to tell you, I’d be hard pressed to think of anyone who could look good without a lot of photo-shopping.
Secondly, and most importantly – don’t ever, ever, ever, ever post a nude, semi-nude or just plain old embarrassing photo of yourself on any social media page or even send over your phone!!!! OK, even if he was just sending this to one “special friend,” how long is this special friend going to be “special”? Get this friend ticked off for any reason in the future and that photo is everywhere.
Before you snap that photo of “the full monty” stop and ask yourself – “Would I put this photo up on the bulletin board in my local school, church or coffee shop?” If the answer is no, then DON’T PUT IT ON FACEBOOK!
Parents, if you can’t figure this out, do you really think your teen is going to understand this? Remember your first love that you were sure was going to last forever and be the one? Yeah, how long did that last??
This poor guy lost a job he probably loved and is embarrassed he has now been the butt (pun intended) of probably a bunch of jokes circulating around the country. I mean, would you want to make national news this way – even if you do want your 5 minutes of fame?
Your teen will probably tell you that they’re smarter than this and they would never make a mistake like this. Well, they will! Here’s the reason to be a prying parent – check their Facebook and other social media pages often. Glance through their phone and texts and see who they’re talking to. The only naked pictures that should exist of your child is when they were a newborn baby – you can whip them out and show their spouse when you want to really embarrass them!