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Parents Friend Child's Teacher on Facebook

Facebook Friend Your Child's Teacher: Like or Dislike?

There's a new type of parent/teacher conference! Education has moved to the Internet with everything from supply lists to grades to school assignments being posted online. Some really involved mothers befriend their kiddo's teacher via Facebook. Educators often have their professional life while keeping classroom hours and a social break after the final bell rings. Do you think parents overstep their bounds by reaching out this way?

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pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
i dont like! theres a line between parents - teacher - student relationship and FB is one of those!
amber512 amber512 7 years
I really like the idea of having a "fan page." That way parents can keep in touch and teachers can have their own personal page separate.
Rjs-baby-girl Rjs-baby-girl 7 years
I think what Anon #6 said about teachers having a page dedicated to give info to parents is the best idea. I wouldn't want to be friends with people I don't know on my Facebook, and I'm not even friends with my colleagues on it even though I get along very well with them. They are not my friends, they don't need to know everything about me. Worst than that, I have a friend who's 27 like me and she's a teacher in high school. She made friends with her students on Facebook and I think it's a big no no. They now know everything about her pregnancy, her family, her work plans (which school she's hoping to get a job at next year, etc.). It opens the door for a lot of problems in my opinion.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
ooooh that's a good idea! although the friends of mine who have this problem aren't married. maybe they could go with a first and middle name or something :)
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
A friend of mine just finished Teacher's College and one of the recommendations made to new teachers is to use a non-searchable version of their name (ie use maiden name and not married name) for social networks.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i agree with the other posters. i have many teacher friends, and they hate it when parents friend them! a lot of them change their privacy settings just so parents can't search for them, but that sucks too because their actual friends can't find them and friend them either.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Give the teachers a break! I think it's overstepping boundaries to friend your kid's teacher.
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