The following article
addresses both the benefits and potential complications of befriending
Read the following article and discuss the questions below.
- Do you believe that teachers should be friending students on
social networking sites? Former students?
- Do you have current students as friends on Facebook? If so,
are there certain guidelines you follow?
- Besides those cited in the article, do you see any other potential
problems and/or benefits in friending students on Facebook?
- Does your school currently have a policy regarding students,
teachers, and social networking?
- What would you do if a student posts inappropriate content
on their Facebook page? Has your school created guidelines or
a policy regarding such an event? Does a teacher hold an ethical
responsibility to report questionable activities committed by
students outside of school?
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMJM-SQjUBc (Teachers facing disciplinary actions for inappropriate photos
and comments on Facebook)
- What is your reaction to some of the photos and comments you
saw posted by these teachers?
- Do you think it is the right course of action for the district
to fire these teachers?
- Everyone has a bad day at work from time-to-time and that includes
teachers too. What are appropriate methods of dealing with frustration
or anger that may be caused by students? How do you cope with
a bad day?
- What measures could the school district have taken to prevent
- Limit your Facebook friends to former students. Let current
students know that you will add them once they are no longer in
- Seek parent permission. Make sure it is acceptable with the
child's parent that you add them as a Facebook friend.
Make sure any content on your page is appropriate and professional.
This means watching your language, carefully selecting what groups
you join, and not sharing any pictures that exhibit questionable
behavior. You should inform current friends not to post anything
inappropriate on your wall.
- Consult your school's policies regarding Facebook and social
networking. For example, you need to know what your school requires
of you if you find students posting pictures of them engaging
in underage drinking. If your school has not established any policies,
suggest to your administrators that one be created.
- Be responsible. Remember that you are a role model for your
students and that their parents trust you to be one.