OCCHS teachers "friends" w/students on Facebook

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Controversal

Union City, TN

#1 May 27, 2011
What is your thoughts on several of the OC teachers being friends with current students on their Facebook? Is this considered being "non-professional"? What about teachers who "pose" for pictures with students in class and ask students to "tag" them on their Facebook page? Again, is this being "non-professional"? Does the school board have a policy about teachers and currrent students being friends on Facebook?

For example:

Is it a boundary issue? They are students, not a teacher's friend. What if the parents of current students want to add their child's teacher? What if a teacher adds certain students and parents, and not all students and parents who send friend requests? Couldn't this be interpretted as showing favoritism?

Adding a student who is currently in your school as a friend opens a whole can of worms: now you can see their provocative pictures, their sexual comments, their problems, the things that you would be obligated to report to a guidance counselor, and if you don't, well who knows when you will get called on it.

If you friend a student of the opposite gender, you may regret it. Keep in mind that the written word can be READ with differing connotations to make you look real bad in the eyes of others. How many more accusations of inappropriate contact with students, false or not, do we need to read about! The slope here is way too slippery.

Louisiana public schools will be required to document all electronic communication that occurs between teachers and students. The new law will even require tracking exchanges initiated by students to teachers via personal devices the schools don’t own. This first-of-its-kind state law is intended to improve student safety by holding educators accountable for teacher-student communication.

OK, lets start an open and intellectual debate on this topic and see what the majority of the public thinks.
not totally relevant

Martin, TN

#2 May 27, 2011
I "think" that you are "trying" to appear "educated" when in "reality" you are over using the quotation marks.

Since: Apr 11

Location hidden

#3 May 27, 2011
Some are just girls looking to romance their way with the male teachers to make sure they pass their classes. Sluts.
not here

Martin, TN

#4 May 27, 2011
If you, or someone you know, has an issue with an Obion County Central teacher being friends with a student on Facebook, then the sensible thing would be to speak with that particular teacher. That would be the most adult way to handle the situation without possibly jeopardizing the career of an educator by smearing their name on Topix.
got a idea

Jackson, TN

#5 May 27, 2011
I think its really none of your business.I would hope as a parent that they monitor their child's facebook pages along with all other internet content so if there "is" a problem it can be taken care of.I see no problem with it if the parents are monitoring their access as they should be in the first place. If you yourself have a child and don't want them having a teacher as a friend then don't let them.End of story.Next topic please
lil larry

Newport, TN

#6 May 27, 2011
dude, my teacher is hot, and we is friends.
doesnt-matter

Martin, TN

#7 May 27, 2011
Controversal wrote:
What is your thoughts on several of the OC teachers being friends with current students on their Facebook? Is this considered being "non-professional"? What about teachers who "pose" for pictures with students in class and ask students to "tag" them on their Facebook page? Again, is this being "non-professional"? Does the school board have a policy about teachers and currrent students being friends on Facebook?
For example:
Is it a boundary issue? They are students, not a teacher's friend. What if the parents of current students want to add their child's teacher? What if a teacher adds certain students and parents, and not all students and parents who send friend requests? Couldn't this be interpretted as showing favoritism?
Adding a student who is currently in your school as a friend opens a whole can of worms: now you can see their provocative pictures, their sexual comments, their problems, the things that you would be obligated to report to a guidance counselor, and if you don't, well who knows when you will get called on it.
If you friend a student of the opposite gender, you may regret it. Keep in mind that the written word can be READ with differing connotations to make you look real bad in the eyes of others. How many more accusations of inappropriate contact with students, false or not, do we need to read about! The slope here is way too slippery.
Louisiana public schools will be required to document all electronic communication that occurs between teachers and students. The new law will even require tracking exchanges initiated by students to teachers via personal devices the schools don’t own. This first-of-its-kind state law is intended to improve student safety by holding educators accountable for teacher-student communication.
OK, lets start an open and intellectual debate on this topic and see what the majority of the public thinks.
I think you need more important things to worry about.
RMJ619

Union City, TN

#8 May 27, 2011
I have spoken to them about it, plus I did not mention a name. Next time, read the post clearly and stfu if you cant follow.
news

Union City, TN

#9 May 28, 2011
May 26, 2011

An Abington High School substitute teacher and boys’ tennis coach has been fired following what school officials deemed his “inappropriate communication’’ with students on Facebook.

Jon O’Keefe, a 31-year-old Waltham resident hired early this year to replace a teacher on maternity leave, was dismissed last week and ordered off school property while school officials, aided by police, investigate the matter, said Abington Schools Superintendent Peter Schafer.

“We have an ethics policy about appropriate boundaries and behavior, and certainly ‘friending’ students on a social network is not an appropriate boundary to cross,’’ Schafer said this week. He declined to reveal the nature of the allegedly inappropriate communication between O’Keefe and the students.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case, said Bridget Norton Middleton, a spokeswoman for Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz. Abington police Deputy Chief Christopher Cutter said his department was still investigating as of early this week.

Abington’s policy about appropriate boundaries and ethical behavior is similar to that recommended for all school districts by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees last fall to help prevent improper fraternization with students on Facebook and other social media.

Among the association’s guidelines are that employees “conduct themselves in ways that do not distract from the educational process …[by] improper fraternization with students using Facebook and similar Internet sites or social networks, or via cellphone, texting, or telephone …[or] list current students as ‘friends’ on networking sites.’’

Recommendations for employees making electronic contact with students include that the contact be made only with the district’s computer and telephone system and using group texts to all sports team members, as opposed to individual players.

The policy warns employees of “the possibility of penalties, including dismissal from employment, for failure to exercise good judgment in online conduct.’’

“We’re suggesting as a matter of policy that teachers not be able to friend their students on social media like Facebook and that contact be related and restricted to school,’’ said the association’s executive director, Glenn Koocher.“This is a very dangerous area, and social media can easily become an invitation for trouble.’’

Indeed, reports of Facebook career-enders run the gamut, ranging from three New York teachers fired for inappropriate Facebook communication with students to a Cohasset educator who quit after posting comments on her Facebook account disparaging her students and the wider community.
police state

Union City, TN

#10 May 28, 2011
Force Pee Tests, Radar Cars issuing speeding tickets and now Facebook monitoring. Just another example of a policy interferring with free speech and assembly rights.
tell it

Martin, TN

#12 May 28, 2011
If you think that there is a teacher having inappropriate contact with a student then it is your obligation to report it to the proper authorities. This is NOT an issue for Topix.
OCCHS GESTAPO

Concord, NC

#13 May 28, 2011
Controversal wrote:
What is your thoughts on several of the OC teachers being friends with current students on their Facebook? Is this considered being "non-professional"? What about teachers who "pose" for pictures with students in class and ask students to "tag" them on their Facebook page? Again, is this being "non-professional"? Does the school board have a policy about teachers and currrent students being friends on Facebook?
For example:
Is it a boundary issue? They are students, not a teacher's friend. What if the parents of current students want to add their child's teacher? What if a teacher adds certain students and parents, and not all students and parents who send friend requests? Couldn't this be interpretted as showing favoritism?
Adding a student who is currently in your school as a friend opens a whole can of worms: now you can see their provocative pictures, their sexual comments, their problems, the things that you would be obligated to report to a guidance counselor, and if you don't, well who knows when you will get called on it.
If you friend a student of the opposite gender, you may regret it. Keep in mind that the written word can be READ with differing connotations to make you look real bad in the eyes of others. How many more accusations of inappropriate contact with students, false or not, do we need to read about! The slope here is way too slippery.
Louisiana public schools will be required to document all electronic communication that occurs between teachers and students. The new law will even require tracking exchanges initiated by students to teachers via personal devices the schools don’t own. This first-of-its-kind state law is intended to improve student safety by holding educators accountable for teacher-student communication.
OK, lets start an open and intellectual debate on this topic and see what the majority of the public thinks.
Get a life.

And a job.
Constitution is Dead

Shelby, NC

#14 May 28, 2011
1. Obama appoints new Internet Monitoring Czar to push back against unfavorable press coverage.
2. DC Liberals sign petition to ban conservative websites.

We read about this in history: Germany, 1933.

And now we read our school board continues to trample upon the Constitution. With gusto!

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; OR ABRIDGING THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

- Amendment I, United States Constitution.

Like Barack Hussein Osama, the school board in its latest attack on the Constitution wants to monitor and police internet speech.

Welcome to Amerika.
School Board

Knoxville, TN

#16 May 28, 2011
Liberty is overrated. Our soldiers have fought in vain to defend freedom.

Get used to it.
Socrates

United States

#17 May 28, 2011
Senate DEMOCRATS move to raise income taxes to 62%. Combined with Medicare and SS taxes, the new rate will be 77%. Read more here:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270...

That is a freebie. Here is my response:
DC liberal Democrats are seeking to suppress free speech. They hate it. Sorry. It's on video. Watch it for yourself:

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/stephen-guto...

And, finally, please view the new Minister of Propaganda within the Obama Administration: Jesse Lee. He is the 33d unconfirmed Czar appointed by Barack Hussein Obama, and a hard core socialist. Joseph Goebbels would be proud. No other president has ever created such a position. His job is to suppress unfavorable news stories about Obama. This story was first leaked by Huffington Post, not exactly a bastion of conservatism. Read more here:

http://www.businessinsider.com/meet-the-white...

Yes, our nation is in deep trouble. Not only are we bankrupt, our leaders are destroying our liberty.

And not just on a national scale.

Our local county school board is our very own homegrown version of a wrecking crew on our freedom.

Get your children out. Send them to a private school, a public school where liberty is valued, or home school them.
RMJ619

Union City, TN

#18 May 28, 2011
Eh, we got too much freedom anyway. Wouldnt hurt to lose a little.
Wow

Newport, TN

#19 May 28, 2011
Controversal wrote:
What is your thoughts on several of the OC teachers being friends with current students on their Facebook? Is this considered being "non-professional"? What about teachers who "pose" for pictures with students in class and ask students to "tag" them on their Facebook page? Again, is this being "non-professional"? Does the school board have a policy about teachers and currrent students being friends on Facebook?
For example:
Is it a boundary issue? They are students, not a teacher's friend. What if the parents of current students want to add their child's teacher? What if a teacher adds certain students and parents, and not all students and parents who send friend requests? Couldn't this be interpretted as showing favoritism?
Adding a student who is currently in your school as a friend opens a whole can of worms: now you can see their provocative pictures, their sexual comments, their problems, the things that you would be obligated to report to a guidance counselor, and if you don't, well who knows when you will get called on it.
If you friend a student of the opposite gender, you may regret it. Keep in mind that the written word can be READ with differing connotations to make you look real bad in the eyes of others. How many more accusations of inappropriate contact with students, false or not, do we need to read about! The slope here is way too slippery.
Louisiana public schools will be required to document all electronic communication that occurs between teachers and students. The new law will even require tracking exchanges initiated by students to teachers via personal devices the schools don’t own. This first-of-its-kind state law is intended to improve student safety by holding educators accountable for teacher-student communication.
OK, lets start an open and intellectual debate on this topic and see what the majority of the public thinks.
If you know something, spill it...otherwise you're enabling and an accomplice! Try stfu if you're just trying to be messy! Most teachers who communicate say encouraging and positive things. It's the stalkers with twisted minds like you we don't "friend"! See you at church & stop staring at my short dresses & breasts when I sleep over because your daughter is my BFF! If my father only knew!
opinion

Martin, TN

#20 May 29, 2011
DAISY DUKE 2011 wrote:
I don't think it's appropiate for an authority figure such as a teacher to be on a friends list with any current student. Maybe when a student graduates high school, then it's a different story.
One reason it may not be appropiate is that it could cause other students who are not on a friends list with teachers to feel left out. A teacher should not show any favoritism whether at school or in their personal life. When this happens, there is just bound to be some kind of trouble or hard feelings. When some students have a more personal relationship with a teacher than other students do then the grades these students receive etc. get looked upon by other students as maybe being unfairly received. I don't know that this has happened but just saying what could happen.
Teachers are paid with tax payers money and therefore they must always strive to be as fair and unbiased as possible in their profession.
guest

Union City, TN

#21 May 29, 2011
In dealing mostly with students under the age of 18, I inform them that I am honored to have been asked to be a part of their network, but I impose an 18 years or older rule for my Facebook page. I do it as a preventative measure, in case someone would wrongly accuses me of an inappropriate relationship. First thing they would slap all over the headlines "Teacher Fraternizing with Minors on Facebook." I just don't want to put myself in that position.

I have no issue otherwise with forming relationships with students outside of the confines of the classroom. Students respect you more if you make that effort, so I don't have an issue with the social networking, as long as the adult monitors themselves properly and understands that they might find themselves in a situation where they may have to do some mandatory reporting. It is a tough call, so I don't choose to put myself there quite yet.
my opinion

Union City, TN

#22 May 29, 2011
Communicating with students on another level besides school can facilitate a better working relationship. It can also be a boost to a student that needs appropriate adult attention and approval.

Obviously, if you choose to do to share your website with students, you would use or create a site that is appropriate for your students to access. Students do not need to access your personal site. You can create one just for them. As a teacher you should also consider whether putting intimate and personal details about yourself on any website is a good idea. You may believe that what you're doing is personal and private, but the reality is that nothing on the internet is private. Your information is easily accessible and easy to share with others.

Common sense should dictate how you interact with a student on any level. The content of your communications with a student are the issue, not the tool you use to communicate with them.

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