In the wake of of the firings of three NYC public high school teachers for inappropriate contact with students on Facebook, I asked readers first if they are friends with their teachers or professors on Facebook, and second if they felt it was acceptable for high school students and teachers to communicate via Facebook.
While about half (57 percent) of readers said they were friends with their teachers on Facebook, the majority (72 percent) feel that it’s not appropriate for high school students and teachers to interact on Facebook. Interestingly, a similar majority (68 percent) did not think the Department of Education should intervene and restrict communication between teachers and students on social media sites.
But bans on student-teacher Facebook friendships have already begun. Shortly after the teacher firings in New York City, the school board in Norton, Mass. issued a ruling forbidding faculty and staff to have connections with students and former students on Facebook and other social media sites.