Social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace are great ways to reconnect with old acquaintances and meet new ones, but posts can create problems, as recent events show, reports the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. In the past week alone, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools suspended an elementary school teacher who wrote on her Facebook page that she was teaching "in the most ghetto school in Charlotte," and four others were disciplined for postings that included sexually provocative photos of female teachers, In Durham, N.C., two police officers were the subject of an internal investigation after derogatory remarks about President-elect Barack Obama were posted on their MySpace pages. And a backup center on the University of Texas football team apologized for his "terrible decision" to post a racially offensive text message he received about Obama’s victory as a status update on his Facebook page. The post by the player, Buck Burnette, suggested that hunters "gather up," because a black man would be occupying the White House. Burnette was dismissed from the team. N.C. State associate professor Sarah Stein teaches courses on digital media and researches the cultural and social implications of new technologies such as social-networking sites. She said people need to be educated on how public their information is on the internet, regardless of any log-in requirements or privacy settings on a web site…

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