Teacher who warned students about internet dangers with online note goes viral

The Mail is reporting the experiences of US teacher Julie Anne Culp who has created a cult following online after wanting to give her students a lesson in internet safety…

©Julia Ann Culp/Facebook

Teacher Julia Ann Culp and her Facebook picture

Keen to show how quickly an image can go viral, the Tennessee school counselor posted a picture of herself to her Facebook page on November 18 and asked people to ‘like’ it.

In less than two weeks, it has been ‘liked’ millions of times and shared on tens of thousands of Facebook pages globally.

Culp, a teacher at Indian Lake Elementary in Hendersonville, posted a picture of herself holding a note: ‘I’m talking to my 5th grade students about internet safety and how quickly a photo can be seen by lots of people. If you are reading this, please click ‘LIKE’. Thanks!’

Her post has been liked more than 392,000 times and shared more than 30,000 times.

The views skyrocketed when country radio personalities Tige and Daniel shared Culp’s post on their own page on November 26.

The re-post has received more than 3.8 million likes and been shared more than 91,000 times.

A November 24 Facebook re-post by humanitarian social club Society’s Choice has attracted nearly one million likes.

And, like all internet sensations, Culp’s successful post has been Photoshopped numerous times and circulated on Reddit and imgur.

Thousands of Facebook users have congratulated the newlywed on her ‘ingenious’ social experiment…

However, internet users have noted that Culp has effectively sacrificed her privacy to educate her students.

Culp’s Facebook page is accessible and private information can be found online.

Culp, who recently married her husband Joshua Culp after meeting online, has three dogs and likes knitting. She grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee…

More (including some of the spoofs) at:  ‘If you are reading this, please click LIKE’: Teacher who warned students about internet dangers with online note goes viral

Interesting story and possibly a good case history for discussing with students? What do you think? Please share in the comments or on twitter… 

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