Teachers, Students, Facebook: Recipe for Disaster?

By Alan Ng - Oct 25, 2010

We have an interesting article for you to read now, one which reopens the debate on whether teachers and students should be allowed to converse with each other on social networking site Facebook.

If you haven’t heard by now, a few teachers in New York were fired after their activities on Facebook with their fellow students were deemed inappropriate.

This article we’ve picked out by Gather lists the advantages and disadvantages of both sides of the argument, and the author makes an interesting comment about the idea of a teacher adding a student on Facebook in order to gain their ‘trust’.

Then again, a teacher adding a student to Facebook can lead to all sorts of problems, especially when photos and status updates which are not meant for minors are filtered around.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you have any experience of adding a student and/or teacher to your Facebook account? If so, give us your say – the full article can be read over at Gather.

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  • clayboggess

    I think this is a clear black and white issue with no room for gray. Teachers should not be allowed to communicate with their students in any way on Facebook. With that said, some 'bad' teachers will always find a way to circumvent any policy or restrictions that might be placed on them. 'Good' teachers will be smart enough to stay away regardless as to whether there are restrictions or not.

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  • Alex

    Maybe if a teacher had a secondary account which is meant for class communication purpose it could be a good interaction tool. On the social account it makes no sense.