There’s been a lot of controversy around the usage of the popular content subscription platform OnlyFans. I’m sure most of us have heard of OnlyFans on the news or even from friends.
If you haven’t, OnlyFans describes itself as a content subscription platform where content creators get subscribers/admirers/fans to subscribe to their profiles for a fee.
While the platform has been growing, the recent COVID-19 pandemic sent it towards a steeper upward trajectory as some celebrities and sex workers resorted to using the platform to generate revenue.
Using such a platform to provide exclusive content to fans may seem ordinary enough but others unfortunately resorted to using this popular platform to sell provocative content to subscribers.
And with the financial impact of the pandemic and the sheer revenue being generated by content creators, it didn’t take long for people looking to make some income to get onboard.
With a majority of the content creators on the platform uploading content that’s sexual in nature, it didn’t take long for the platform to be seen in the same light. How it works is simple, as content creators would upload revealing photos and videos and their fans would pay to subscribe to their profiles.
With the platform open to anyone to create an account, content creators come from all sorts of varying backgrounds including education. Yes, education.
While it’s possible most teachers creating content on the platform are keeping a tight lid on it to avoid getting found out by their institutions, some have made the news as their activities on the platform was revealed in some way.
These revelations led to major ramifications including dismissal from their positions as teachers in their respective institutions. But while some have argued that what a teacher does outside their schools or class hours has nothing to do with their ability to successfully administer their duties, others have iterated the negative impacts of the teacher’s actions.
This article will aim to answer the question of whether teachers can get fired for having an OnlyFans account.
Can Teachers Get Fired For OnlyFans
To answer this question we need to look at the teaching profession in general. Unlike most professions, teachers are tasked with training the upcoming generation to contribute to their society in the future.
With such a huge responsibility, it’s no surprise teachers can be scrutinized in ways most other professions may not. A typical example is a teacher getting drunk in public. While an engineer seen drunk in public may not in most cases lead to any serious repercussions, a teacher can easily be fired for drinking in public.
Some districts and schools even refuse to employ the services of teachers with nose piercings or even colored hair despite the advancements in our society and thinking. Teachers in society are meant to serve as role models to students and parents expect this from teachers employed by their chosen educational institution.
Trained teachers are taught in education law that the position of a teacher is a public office position and any actions and decisions taken should not present a negative image of the profession. An action like getting drunk in the presence of your students that negatively reflects on the profession is grounds for dismissal.
Such actions impacts negatively on the image parents have of the institution, other teachers, and the profession as a whole. Consciously or unconsciously, students can pick certain habits and mannerisms from their teachers.
Parents, therefore, need the confidence and assurance that their children are being left in capable and respectable hands, and let’s face it, a teacher selling sexual content online does not constitute behavior they’d like their children to imitate nor does it scream morality.
Some people argue that a teacher is allowed to have a personal life which is completely true but so long as the personal life does not necessarily reflect negatively on the profession or the institution, teachers are allowed to have their personal lives. So to answer the question, we’ll say…
Yes. Teachers can get fired for posting content considered sexual in nature on OnlyFans. Teachers can be fired for any acts that bring disrepute to the teaching profession.
Why Teachers Shouldn’t Have OnlyFans Accounts
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While most educational institutions and districts may not have any specific rules against teachers using a particular software or platform, any activities that bring the reputation of the institution or the profession to disrepute is grounds for dismal. These can be activities either inside or outside the confines of the institution or working hours.
It’s likely there’re some teachers on OnlyFans who have managed to hide their activities from the institution and anyone who would be able to recognize them.
Unfortunately, any teacher identified as a content creator on such a platform would lead to students and colleagues spreading rumors, images, and possibly videos of that teacher. This would impact the perception of both teachers and students about the teacher.
Parents confidently leave their children’s training to educational institutions and teachers because of the confidence they have in the teaching profession, and the educational institution’s ability to employ morally sound teachers who would serve as role models to their children.
This becomes a problem when parents identify a teacher stripping on OnlyFans. These parents immediately act on this information and their initial response would be the termination of said teacher.
Teaching like most professional jobs requires years of education and training to obtain the necessary license for the role. Imagine someone putting in that much effort into acquiring a license only to risk that same career and their reputation.
Depending on the severity of the content, some districts may resort to revoking the teacher’s license altogether.
Impact On Students
Imagine going to school only to see pictures and videos of your teacher circulating around the campus. You like this teacher and their class but now you’re unable to look this teacher in the eye again and being in her class becomes weird for every student.
While some students would simply laugh and joke with this, it would, unfortunately, affect other students negatively, especially when they had a very positive impression of this teacher before recent revelations. These students who saw the teacher as a role model are now disappointed and even heartbroken.
It’s inadvisable for a teacher to have an OnlyFans account irrespective of their financial situation. The teaching profession may not be the highest paying profession on the market, but still remains a respectable one and has been since ancient civilizations.
This is why parents can confidently leave their children with teachers and educational institutions to train them and better prepare them for the outside world. Morality is therefore key especially since teachers deal with impressionable minds that need to be directed in the right paths.
If you’re a teacher thinking about trying out OnlyFans, our recommendation is to stay away from such a platform for the sake of your career. Bear in mind that students leverage technology in their lives even more than we do and there’s a likelihood such content could easily spread.