New York City has just ruled that its teachers can’t become friends on Facebook with students or follow them on Twitter. According to Reuters, The New York Times reported that new guidelines prevent any interaction between teachers and students over social media sites. These guidelines don’t prevent teachers from communicating with their students through approved official online accounts. The teachers also can still maintain their own personal social media sites – just not communicate with their students through those sites.
This move reportedly was originated by growing concerns nationwide over inappropriate interactions between teachers and their students. In is reported that in just 11 months last year, the NYC Department of Education investigated 69 cases of inappropriate Facebook interactions between teachers and students.
So what do you think? Should teachers be allowed to be Facebook friends with their students?