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Missouri Law: Public School Teachers Can’t Friend Students on Facebook

Missouri has enacted a new “Facebook law” which outlaws social networking between teachers and their current or former students, according to NBC [1]. The governor’s office said [2] the law is meant to “protect children from sexual misconduct by a teacher.”

 

“By January, 1, 2012,” the new law says [3]  “every school district must develop a written policy concerning student-teacher communication and employee-student communications. Each policy must include appropriate oral and nonverbal personal communication, which may be combined with sexual harassment policies, and appropriate use of electronic media as described in the act, including social networking sites. 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.”

 

But not all teachers are on board with the social networking ban, including a middle school teacher [4] who wrote on her blog that “hundreds of teachers across the state . . . have effectively used Facebook and other social networking sites to communicate with students, and I am one of those, will have to trash years worth of work.” She added that “social networking has been a positive force in education.” (August 2011)


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