Me? I love a little emotional distance from the under-18 set. While I send my children to a school where kids use the teachers’ first names and even the youngest ones have input on what’s good student conduct, I’m still pretty old school. I love nicely defined kid-adult boundaries.
But I get it, I get it. Social networking, times have changed, 40 is the new 30 and 12 is the new 25. Age doesn’t matter, we’re all friends here.
Not so, say lawmakers in one state who have had enough of student-teacher Facebook “friendships.”
Teachers in the state of Missouri have until August 28 to unfriend any and all students on their personal Facebook accounts.
It’s part of an effort to more clearly define student-teacher boundaries, the lawmakers say. And also to protect kids from teacher sexual misconduct.
Teachers will still be allowed to create Facebook Pages, where students and teachers can interact through social media but in a more public setting.
I’m not sure about making this into a law, but then we’ve seen examples of teachers who haven’t really understood the reach their personal posts have in their schools and communities. So maybe a law will save a reputation or two.
Do you friend kids on Facebook? Are you careful with what you post?
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