Should Teachers Be Banned from Communicating with Students Online?

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  1. What a crazy idea, to restrict communication between teachers and children. This is a sham fight. All these priests who have been molesting children for ages – they did not have anything like Facebook. If you really want to keep children safe from their teachers, ban contact in real life. Move to online contact only. Of course, this is a ridiculous proposal – but so is the ban of online communication.

  2. Dissent says:

    There is something misleading – and risky – about considering your teacher a “friend.” Your teacher may be friendly, but s/he is not your friend – s/he is your teacher, and I fear some lines and expectations get blurred – by both parties – by even the use of the word “friend.”

    That said, for some kids from troubled homes, teachers are the only adults in their lives they can turn to, and we need to think about whether we throw the baby out with the bathwater by over-restrictive policies.

    Obviously, given my own blogging history, I agree we should not require students to reveal or share publicly online. But the same holds true for having students swap papers in class. Yes, the Internet never forgets, which can makes things immeasurably worse, but there’s much to be done in the brick-and-mortar building, too.

    And while districts grapple with policies for teachers, states and the U.S. Department of Education have failed to enact enforceable regulations that require districts to use appropriate security measures for sensitive student information and that require disclosure to parents in the event of a data breach.

    Districts need to consider the issue of teacher use of social media, yes, but they also need to look at their own behavior a bit more in terms of what they are doing – or often not doing – to protect student privacy.

  3. Joe says:

    I don’t know why a “friend” can also not be a “teacher.” There are different types of friends and they aren’t all the type who go to the movies with you etc.

    But, we do restrict some kinds of communications between students and teachers. Or are schools not allowed to have teachers in particular not send sexually explicit pictures to them or something? Schools don’t have control over adults overall and not being allowed to send consensual love notes to fellow students is ridiculous.

    So, the schools do have special power to limit student/teacher relationships. The devil is in the details.