|Facebook & Texting Caution: Updated Advice from AAE's Director of Legal Services|
|posted by: Alana | July 15, 2016, 08:44 PM|
There are a number of situations where social media has the potential to play an important role in the classroom - if used appropriately. However, when a teacher uses this kind of communication platform to interact with students, they're also allowing the student to also have control over the content and nature of the communication... and that’s where educators often run into the most difficulty.
Consider these scenarios that actually happened to real teachers:
To minimize the risk of using Facebook as a means of student communication, AAE's Director of Legal Services urges educators to consider creating a group instead of using private conversations to converse with students. This solves many Facebook concerns with respect to the teacher communications. It's also advised that teachers include a disclaimer on the page that makes clear that communications are to be related to classroom instruction and support only and students who abuse the policy will not be allowed to continue using Facebook as a means of communication.
Facebook isn't the only way technology can get even the best teachers in trouble. Texting also poses a risk for educators who communicate with students using this platform. Consider this scenario...
According to AAE's attorney, texting with students is just too much of a liability and recommends teachers just not do it! If you think you must text, our attorney advises that you get parental permission and include the parent or another adult on your texts with students.
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What safety measures do you take when communicating with students?
Tell us in the comments below!