Principal faces complaint over Facebook messages: how absurd

It seems some parents are evaluating their children’s Facebook. Some are so upset at what they judge as inappropriate comments that they’ve complained to the Ministry of Education.

Under fire is a secondary school principal who made comments like Cute, Sweet, Pretty, Nice in their former students’ FB. Possibly with the recent case of a primary school principal embroiled in underage sex in mind, these parents see something sinister in those comments.

It’s not far-fetched to say that most teens use FB as a form of self-promotion, posting pictures of themselves in the most flattering poses or their recently acquired material possessions. Most feed on positive comments which make them feel on top of the world. But negative ones make them feel that the end of the world is nigh.

Parents who see the principal’s positive comments as sinister are simply overreacting. Don’t they have better things to do with their time than complaining to MOE?

It’s good of principals to engage with their students on FB, and in passing to give some compliments. I guarantee you the latter can boost the self-esteem of teenagers.

However, I don’t know if the said principal had used words like Hot. If he had, perhaps, the parents’ outrage can be seen as justifiable but still ridiculous.

Such seemingly offensive words I’ve mentioned are commonplace these days in lifestyle magazines that teens devour. Perhaps, they need to educate their parents to prevent unnecessary angst.

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