Teacher-Student Facebook Friendship Banned in Missouri

Posted by bizarrecherry | On: Aug 01 2011
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Missouri’s new controversial bill has been passed and new controversial law will be imposed. The new bill 54 signed by the governor himself, Jay Nixon, declared that it’s no longer allowed for teacher to have any social network connectivity. Not only facebook but other social network medias with private communication.

It is designed to write down the inappropriate behavior between teachers and student, and to protect children further by eliminating the chance for the wrong people to contact children on social network and electronic media. The bill also obligates schools to follow the written law between teachers and students.

This is what the bill said:

Teachers cannot establish, maintain, or use a work-related website unless it is available to school administrators and the child’s legal custodian, physical custodian, or legal guardian. Teachers also cannot have a nonwork-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student.

So does it say we cannot trust teachers? People are still debating about the urgency of the new bill and how it is going to effect the teachers’ activities in school. Some people are just too paranoid to think that teachers are sexual predators. It did happen that teachers misused the social networks but we could not just generalize the case.

One person said in his blog:

“In spite of the positive effect that teachers and students being Facebook friends had on Joplin Schools’ effort to locate students after the May 22 tornado.[and] in spite of considerable evidence that social networking has been a positive force in education, and little or no evidence to the contrary.”

And some others try to solve it:

“Teachers cannot be friends with a student on a private Facebook profile where you can pick and choose friends and send private messages, but teachers can set up a fan page.”

What is your opinion?


source: The Atlantic Wire

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