Your 2 Cents: Should Teachers 'Friend' Students?


Thursday, August 4th 2011, 11:01 pm
By: News 9


Kelly Ogle, News 9

Missouri has a new law that makes it illegal for state teachers to "friend" their students on Facebook.

I don't think we need a law for that, but certainly school district policy against it would be wise.

Matt from Edmond writes: "So you're against the government telling us what to eat at McDonalds but are completely fine with them telling us who to friend.."

A Teacher chimes in: "The Facebook page that I maintain for students has been helpful in detecting instances of cyber bullying.."

Ann in Del City says her dad was a teacher: "He would have never compromised his position of authority over his students, not to mention have his actions construed as anything but aboveboard."

Chris from Norman: "I don't see any problem with students being Facebook friends with teacher. Students might have to ask them questions about the homework."

Dany in Del City: "Most of the teachers that I know who do this have made kind of like a class room page."

Tamera: "I want to keep my personal life and my professional life as separate as possible. There is no way that I would "friend" a student."

Finally Melissa in Duncan: "I teach high school and personally don't accept students friend requests until they have graduated."