Description: Nkomo Morris is one of many teachers who uses Facebook to communicate with students. Despite the perceived benefits of interacting with students in a comfortable environment, personal and professional lines can quickly become blurred with Facebook usage.
Date: April 19 2012
Should students and teachers ever be friends on Facebook? School districts across the country, including the nation’s largest, are weighing that question as they seek to balance the risks of inappropriate contact with the academic benefits of social networking.
At least 40 school districts nationwide have approved social media policies. Schools in New York City and Florida have disciplined teachers for Facebook activity, and Missouri legislators recently acquiesced to teachers’ objections to a strict statewide policy.
In the New York cases, one teacher friended several female students and wrote comments including “this is sexy” under their photos, investigators said. A substitute teacher sent a message to a student saying that her boyfriend did not “deserve a beautiful girl like you.” Read Rest of Story
Questions for discussion:
1. What are the individual risks and brand risks involved in teacher-student Faceboook communication?
2. What are the individual benefits and brand benefits involved in teacher-student Facebook communication?