Should Teachers Be Allowed to Interact With Students on Social Media Websites?
There is some new information on how teachers interact with their students on social media websites. Los Angeles substitute teacher Taylor Welch was arrested for allegedly using Facebook to send lewd photos to a 13-year-old student. Many are now questioning the role social media should play in educating kids.
Surveys show that 95 percent of American teens use the Internet and many use social media to connect with teachers and coaches. Although some teachers feel the web is a good way to stay involved with their students and give academic help, the sources are saying that teachers should not be able to “friend” students or make the exchange of private messages.
Claudia Cowan reports that this week’s arrest of Taylor Welch is just the latest example of an inappropriate relationship that began on Facebook between a student and a teacher.
Missouri Senator Jane Cunningham helped write the state's new law requiring school districts to create social media policies. She spoke out, saying, “Often times, these hidden communications start with someone that is perfectly appropriate, but then it evolves because it's hidden into inappropriate relationships.”
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