Teacher-Student Facebook Relationships

Do you have a policy about teachers being friends with any of their current students on the social networks like facebook where they are exposed to personal aspects of each other’s lives?

  1. We do not have a policy about teachers being friends with students on facebook. That subject and related ones have come up for discussion on occasion.

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  2. No we do not have a policy currently re: teachers being friends w/current students on social networks. They are advised but there is no formal policy.

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  3. Policy Manuals are large and sometimes unwieldy because they have Contents that include provisions for faculty social network and Facebook expectations. Lawyers love layers of lawyerisms because they keep lawyers busy and burden Boards who then hire lawyers to interpret Policies, “intents” and…(You get the idea.) Teachers should know better than to become too casual with their students. It says so in their Code of Ethics. (American Association of Educators.) Simply hold your professionals to that Code (put it in your Negotiated Agreement if necessary). Administrators should enforce, etc.

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  4. I am fairly certain we do not have this policy. We tend to maintain and update required policies, look at recommended policies to be certain they are not procedure and will adopt those we feel necessary with input from the administration. From my limit knowledge as a new member (not quite 1 year) we would ask the administration if they need a policy for an issue and if not, it may become a procedure at the administrations discretion.

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  5. No policy is presently in place to govern this. The issue has come up recently and the Board may institute a policy with respect to this topic.

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  6. No. We have a policy regarding technology and how it is used. We have not had anything like what is being asked… at least not yet.

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  7. We do not currently have a policy concerning social networking provisions with Teacher/Student communication.

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  8. We do not, but I think it is a good idea and will mention it to our policy committee.

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  9. We do not have a policy, but the discussion does come up that one is needed.

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  10. I’m not aware of a policy on that here.

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  11. We have no such policy

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  12. We do not have an OFFICIAL policy, but my wife is the High School Swim Coach and the AD ask her NOT to be FRIENDS with any of her swimmers on the team. It is OK to friend graduate swimmers, but not active ones.

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  13. We don’t have one currently.

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  14. We also don’t have a policy about teacher involvement on facebook, maybe we should look into it.

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