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Why Missouri's Ban on Teacher-Student Facebook Friendships Is Doomed - Forbes

Last month, Missouri passed a law designed to prevent any extracurricular poking between teachers and students. It specifies that teachers “cannot have a nonwork-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student,” thus banning teachers and students from being friends on Facebook — and even, depending on how this is interpreted, banning teachers from having Facebook accounts at all.
The law goes into effect at the end of August, leading many teachers to go ahead and defriend their students, even as one journalism high school teacher questions whether it violates his First Amendment speech rights. Why does the Show-Me State not want its teachers friending their flocks? Legislators fear that private social media activity can make sexual activity between students and teachers easier. Opponents of the law say that Facebook is a way for teachers to communicate with students for legitimate reasons. Facebook itself is not setting up a fan page for the law.
If the FB page is open to both parents and students I fail to see how 'abuse' would be an issue. Seems like a violation of First Amendment rights to me.

My g/f is a middle school counselor and she chooses not to communicate with students via social networking sites. I don't think GA has any laws prohibiting the activity though.

I closed my FB account.
 

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You closed it today b/c of this or just because?

I think they should have a right to use the public account the way they see fit. If students and parents both have access it's not a problem. One of my personal friends is a HS teacher, and he does not communicate on FB with any students, until after they have graduated if he chooses to 'friend' them.
 

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I closed my FB account (and other social networking accounts) a couple of years ago. It's just too much of a personal and professional liability. I personally don't think it's a good idea for teachers to be communicating with their students on social networking sites, but I don't see the need to make laws against it. It should be left up to the discretion of the local school board.

On a personal note, a few weeks after I graduated high school, I got bizzy, freaky-deaky, the ol' hippity-dippity... or put another way, engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with one of my former teachers. And FB wasn't required. Teachers and students are going to engage in inappropriate behavior... or not. Technology doesn't change that.

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You closed it today b/c of this or just because?

I think they should have a right to use the public account the way they see fit. If students and parents both have access it's not a problem. One of my personal friends is a HS teacher, and he does not communicate on FB with any students, until after they have graduated if he chooses to 'friend' them.
It will be interesting to see how this legislation plays out. FB recently increased their stable of lobbyistessss.

I closed it (FB acct) soon after I opened it....not because of the MO decision.

Angie told me last night that the local school board prohibits social networking communication between students and teachers /administrators.

My teachers had blue hair, smelled funny and corporal punishment was a spectator sport.
 

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My god, this country is screwed. When can those nosy bastards stop dictating how other people live their personal lives? I don't care for social network sites, but it's here to stay and is a force to be reckoned with. Those Puritans need to get over it and go back to their pristine houses and jerk off to gay midget porn (like they usually do).
 
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