Sunday, October 24, 2010

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BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Teachers could soon be fired if they friend students on Facebook.

According to the Boston Herald, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees has released a new policy on social networking.

Right now, this policy is merely a suggestion to school districts.

But, if adapted, it would force schools to bar teachers from friending students on Facebook.

Additionally, teachers could not give out their cell phone number to students.

And it asks administrators to "periodically" check the internet to make sure these rules aren't violated.

If they are, the teachers could be fired or disaplined.

Some schools in the Eastern part of the state are considering the policy.

We asked residents here in western Massachusetts what they think about this Facebook crackdown.

"That's good. Yeah, I think that's real good. When I was in high school there was a lot of young teachers, and vunerable girls. I think they're like preying on them to be honest with you," said Garrett Moylan of East Longmeadow.

"I think it's the kind of thing that depends on a case by case situation. My wife is a teacher and she has her own policy not to allow her students to be her friend until after they graduate," said Anton Nickel of New York City.

The Boston Herald reports that opponents of this policy say it's "too-big brother like."

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Multibrand said...

Hi Peter,
I wonder whether such policy is realistic, in the sense that it
can be applied in reality.
One can always use nicknames.

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

You are right of course.