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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    It's one thing for school districts to adopt reasonable precautions and policies regarding teachers and students communicating via facebook, etc. It's quite another when the state makes an all-encompassing law that results in this kind of unforeseen consequence. I believe the law should be overturned on appeal. Time will tell.

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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    So her daugher doesn't have a phone? Or e-mail? Does she only interact with the outside world over facebook?

    I have a strict policy -- I will never be my mother's facebook friend. I've extended that policy to uncles and aunts as well.


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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    The facebook law is a nessecary evil.

    Teachers should not have their students on facebook, its just not a good idea, this has become policy with many companies too, managers aren't allowed to have employees on facebook and so forth.

    This specific debacle is just retarded, its her own damn daughter... I mean I suppose there should be a clause for this scenario, but I doubt anyone would actually prosecute such a thing. But I would say if the teacher would have to update her privacy options so that her students who'd have her daughter on facebook couldn't snoop her profile.
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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    I hate laws that punish everyone in order to address a few bad apples. I think the law should be struck down for this reason.

    If a teacher is being creepy, then you report them on a case by case basis. Innocent until proven guilty, that's the way our justice system works.

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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    Why does this law exist? Who cares if a teacher contacts students on facebook.

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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    A Missouri teacher has sued the state over a new law that prevents teachers from contacting their students over the Internet, arguing that it will make it illegal for her to chat with her own child over Facebook. The law, which has been nicknamed the Facebook law, prohibits teachers from having exclusive communications with students over non-work Internet sites. Students are defined as anyone under 18 who attend or used to attend the school where the teacher works. In her suit, Christina Thomas alleges that the Ladue, Mo., school district where she works has told teachers that they cannot have "exclusive communications" with their own children on Facebook if their children meet the law's definition of former or current student.
    Thomas says the law is violating her rights under the 1st and 14th amendments.
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    You can't prosecute someone for something they MIGHT have done, which is just what this law is aiming to do.
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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    I hate laws that punish everyone in order to address a few bad apples. I think the law should be struck down for this reason.

    If a teacher is being creepy, then you report them on a case by case basis. Innocent until proven guilty, that's the way our justice system works.
    I agree. I weep for our children having to grow up in a time when we make things so complicated and restrictive life just gets less and less fun. Why can't we just let the people who do something wrong pay and not ruin things for everyone else. How come everything has to become a crusade or an all or nothing proposition. Baaaah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    The facebook law is a nessecary evil.

    Teachers should not have their students on facebook, its just not a good idea, this has become policy with many companies too, managers aren't allowed to have employees on facebook and so forth.

    This specific debacle is just retarded, its her own damn daughter... I mean I suppose there should be a clause for this scenario, but I doubt anyone would actually prosecute such a thing. But I would say if the teacher would have to update her privacy options so that her students who'd have her daughter on facebook couldn't snoop her profile.
    It's not a necessary evil or even necessary. The district can deal with such matters by making them taboo or a district policy that it doesn't accept teacher communicating with students through social networking sites. The clause is noteworthy, however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    The law exists to maintain a level of professionalism in the teacher student relationship

    A teacher might be a bit of a party animal and have some posts or pictures on their facebook page which is entirely acceptable for any adult to have. But present a problem should students see them. Or the teacher may see things on a students profile that a teacher really should not be seeing

    So I can fully see a teacher not accepting students into their personal Facebook profiles. But should a teacher have two profiles, one for school and associated aspects and one for their private life, I would think that should be acceptable
    Yeah, but the separate profile still admits the same communication the other profile would have: extracurricular, without many of the safeguards for both teachers and students against the other.
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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    This would make it easy for students to get teachers fired and prosecuted. All they have to do is create an account with their teacher's name and yearbook photo. It would be easy enough to do from the school's network.
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