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

    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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    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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    I would just have my husband track my daughter on facebook.
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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    such lawsuits are inevitable; the law will be overturned.

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

    Why exactly do they need this law? Wouldn't it be better if the kids who were being harassed by a teacher had some sort of proof of that harassment? Why wouldn't a teacher willing to harass a student, in any way, on Facebook, not look for some other place to harass the student, somewhere that is more private and/or less likely to be able to be monitored?

    And, it would work the other way for the teacher too.

    I don't see a need for this, especially when it doesn't actually serve a good purpose. No student or teacher should be forced to accept anyone as a friend on a social networking site, but neither should they be prevented from accepting anyone. If parents want to ensure their kids aren't in inappropriate relationships with their teachers, then they need to monitor their children while they are on those sites.
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    Re: Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own c

    idk the details, but I suspect that this law is an overblown knee-jerk to prevent something that has only a small probability of happening in the first place.

    Based merely on my past experience with legislatures and their perceptions of technology.
    I may be wrong.

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    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
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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 have a frined who teaches at a highschool. My friend's policy is that no current students will be friended. After they graduate they are potentiallty acceptable. My friend also pre-emptively blocks certain students just before they graduate.
    I may be wrong.

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

    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

    that just makes to much sense for some folks to comprehend.......i think a teacher should have a facebook page exclusivley for their students, it can only help students who actually want to learn and achieve, what could be better than a math teacher explaining some complicated equation to help the sudents with their homework during non school hours? Of course the teacher must be dedicated to the just cause and not turn it into some chit chat gossip session...............then they could have their personal page where they can actually be a regular human being with a life if they wish

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