Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Why Can’t We Be Friends? Social Media Boundaries Between Teachers and Students

I came accross this article through Shelley Gray's post on facebook, and I have to say that I agree with Brian Rappe, who says basically that teachers should have seperate site for social media; one for work and the other for personal use. I also do not accept friend requests from students on my personal facebook page. Instead, I created a page for the school for all students and parents to be able to network with us, the teachers. This is a better method of social networking among parents, teachers and students because it protects the privacy of all stakeholders. Of course, if teachers personally wish to directly interact with parents and students from their personal facebook profiles, then they do have a right to do so but they should be made aware of the possible risks involved. This is a topic that should be analysed carefully by all teachers. I am sure that research has been done about the issue and that there are valid arguments both for and against the maintainance of certain personal boundaries for the sake of privacy and professionalism. It's a matter of personal choice for each teacher, where they believe the line must be drawn (or if it is to be drawn at all). - Nyla.

2 comments:

~*~Ash~*~ said...

I just found your page- great resources!
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Mary Bauer said...

I choose not to have my students be Facebook friends. I believe in having professional boundaries and I think it may set up a situation where some students have more access to me than others.

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!