A law in Missouri was recently passed that makes it illegal for teachers to be “friends” with students on any social networking site that allows private communication. Here’s the complete story from NPR news. The larger bill was passed with great support because it was designed to protect children from predatory teachers.
But as one teacher points out, a teacher’s job is to reach out to students and that means going where they are. Today, students do not use email as much and have instead turned to social networking sites to communicate. Instead of protecting children, the new law may be hurting them by limiting a students ability to contact teachers if they need help.