Tavish wrote:http://www.zdnet.com/blog/facebook/missouri-bans-students-and-teachers-from-being-facebook-friends/2260The new [Missouri] law bans direct social networking contact between teachers and students in the hopes of setting more distinct boundaries on the relationships between the two. Section 162.069 of the bill explains the social networking part in a bit more detail:
Teachers cannot establish, maintain, or use a work-related website unless it is available to school administrators and the child’s legal custodian, physical custodian, or legal guardian. Teachers also cannot have a nonwork-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student.
This implies that teachers will still be able to have a Facebook Page for interacting with students on a slightly more personal level, as long it’s still work-related. It’s the actual friending, messaging, and whatever other direct connection you can make on a social network that will not be allowed.
If this thing spreads, how will hort make any new Facebook friends?
This is really the way it should be. I have my account set up so that you can't even search for me, and just tell my students I don't have one when they ask me every single month. Maybe the only out and out lie I tell them.
I did consider starting an account just for my students, though, for posting assignments and such, only school related items, since there's a huge movement to 'meet them at their mediums' but then I just figured my wall would turn into a blog/YouTube comment section