(Closed) Teachers who are friends with students on social media?!

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 61
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Busy bee

I will add that unless it’s Facebook or by phone I will not add my former teachers on snapchat, or instgram, and most likely I won’t add them on twitter except two staff/teachers. 

Post # 62
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Peffy:  I understand what you mean. I am a high school teacher myself. I have to disagree with those that have said there is no problem. There is.

As a teacher, we are mandatory reporters and we have a duty of care for students. Not only our students but any child of school age.

 

By having a child of school age on your Facebook means that you have a duty of care. During my training there was a scenario where a student had made a negative post about their life. That student took their own life. The teacher that was a facebook friend was interrogated for not reporting anything (even though the teacher may not have even read the post).

 

I teach seniors.. So year 11 and 12 students. From day 1 of term 1 I let them know that I don’t accept friend requests. If they wish to be my Facebook friend I will happily accept their request once they have fished school have graduated year 12. we can still be buddies at school.. But when that bell goes at 3:10 we go out separate ways lol

Post # 63
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Peffy:  I understand what you mean. I am a high school teacher myself. I have to disagree with those that have said there is no problem. There is.

As a teacher, we are mandatory reporters and we have a duty of care for students. Not only our students but any child of school age.

 

By having a child of school age on your Facebook means that you have a duty of care. During my training there was a scenario where a student had made a negative post about their life. That student took their own life. The teacher that was a facebook friend was interrogated for not reporting anything (even though the teacher may not have even read the post).

 

I teach seniors.. So year 11 and 12 students. From day 1 of term 1 I let them know that I don’t accept friend requests. If they wish to be my Facebook friend I will happily accept their request once they have fished school have graduated year 12. we can still be buddies at school.. But when that bell goes at 3:10 we go our separate ways lol

Post # 64
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Peffy:  I understand what you mean. I am a high school teacher myself. I have to disagree with those that have said there is no problem. There is. As a teacher, we are mandatory reporters and we have a duty of care for students. Not only our students but any child of school age.   By having a child of school age on your Facebook means that you have a duty of care. During my training there was a scenario where a student had made a negative post about their life. That student took their own life. The teacher that was a facebook friend was interrogated for not reporting anything (even though the teacher may not have even read the post).   I teach seniors.. So year 11 and 12 students. From day 1 of term 1 I let them know that I don’t accept friend requests. If they wish to be my Facebook friend I will happily accept their request once they have fished school have graduated year 12. we can still be buddies at school.. But when that bell goes at 3:10 we go our separate ways lol

Post # 65
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

Peffy: Friending students on Facebook is asking for trouble. You have to maintain professional boundaries. But I really do not get why so many people seem to live their lives through social media anyway.

Post # 66
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Peffy:  My best friends mom is a teacher and she only accepts friejd requests from the good students lol, the ones she likes. She wont be friends with just anyone. Same thing with my english h.s teacher. (Who is best friends with my friends mom). There are some teacher who are just super private and thats ok. But I was close with my English teacher, he pushed me and motivated me to want to always learn. My friends mom, well, she was like my 2nd mom and 2nd home lol

Post # 67
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Socializing with students is weird. What does an adult have in common with a teenager?

FB friends I don’t have a problem with that. It’s the teacher’s responsibility to make sure their own FB is tame for student’s viewing and doesn’t make respecting them at school a problem. This mean no partial nude (swimsuit/ just trunks) shots or drinking pics when people look out of control and  no political stuff b/c a student may then feel their teacher is impartial to them.

I communicated with a college professor via AOL chat…shows you how old I am. He told us if we needed to reach him this was a great way. We discussed an assignment, but still that was social media.

Post # 68
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

my Fiance is a teacher and his kids are constantly adding him on FB (he doesnt confirm) but they are youger (13ish) but he does have on FB his former students that are adults now.. Im not the biggest fan but he doesnt share mych of our private things there…

 

however he created a group (closed) call the class name and all the kids are there so they can communicate and not be friends..

Post # 69
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Buzzing bee

Peffy:  That sounds very inappropriate to me.

I’m friends with a couple of high school teachers and a couple of college professors but I’m also 7 years out of high school, 2 years out of college. The high school teachers added me in the past couple of years (so when I was well out of high school) and the college professors I added after I had finished taking their classes because we were close and I found out that they had other students as friends. Personally I feel like I’m an adult, behave responsibly, and honestly don’t share much on Facebook so I don’t see it as a big deal. But the situation you described is completely different.

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