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Are you "friends" with your Jr.High/Highschool students on Social Media?

Mar 3, 2015 8:56pm

What is your policy on social media and your interaction with students? If they send you a friend or follow request will you accept? Do you ever comment on their activity? Does it seem to build a new type of relationship with your students on social media? Before I begin teaching, I would like to get the general consensus on this issue. I am very active on all social media, and I would like to know what boundaries other teachers have put in place.

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    • Mar 4, 2015 9:47pm

      I would have to say never accept a request from students on any type of social media. I believe down the line their can be issues of a post that you commented on or you "liking" their status/picture that could potentially get you in trouble. Just my opinion. Like Lauren said after they graduate high school I see no harm in keeping in touch.

      • Mar 6, 2015 11:08am

        I agree with Lauren, I would caution you against "friending" or using social media with students while they are still in school as it can cause grey areas and they might think they are on a "peer" level with you rather than a student/teacher.

        • Mar 9, 2015 8:59am

          I agree with Daniel and Jasmine and would like to emphasise after high school graduation would probably be ok but, not after Jr. high/middle school for all the reasons that have already been stated. This is the safer course of action for both teachers and students.

          • Mar 11, 2015 6:09pm

            I would not accept them until they have graduated. That was how teachers at my high school were in that situation. Even most of my college professor were the same way. It is a boundary with them that I think you should not cross. Someone could post a picture of you that you might not want students who are learning from you to see. Likewise, students might post a picture of something that you do not need to see. It could get the student in trouble as well as you. If you are absent one day because you are going out of town for a trip the student does not need to know that you missed school because of this. Also students could get in trouble by giving excuses for why assignments were not done but you saw on Facebook or Instagram that they were hanging out with their friends. It might be weird to say that they were not doing what they said they were because you saw different. Do not want to be creeping on your students.

            • Apr 15, 2015 5:15am

              Jalynn,

              My honest opinion would be to hold off on accepting their friend request until they graduate. There are too many things that could go wrong if you do so before hand. They will either know too much about your life or you'll know WAY too much about theirs.

              Now, if you are wanting to use technology in your classroom then I suggest Google+. You can make "circles" which is like "friends". This way you can post any type of information for class. :)

              Like I said, in my opinion I would hold off on accepting any friend request from your students until after graduation.

              • Jul 4, 2015 9:01am

                Our district forbids social media contact with parents or students

                • Jul 7, 2015 3:43pm

                  I have always had the rule "graduation equals adulthood" so then we can become adult friends. So yes, wait until then. Besides, once they go from high school they become different people, and sometimes they just need to ask a question or point out something they need feedback on. I am still in contact with students I had 20+ years ago!

                  • Jul 8, 2015 8:47pm

                    I teach 9th grade and I have a separate Instagram account that I allow students to follow. I have it set so that students cannot send me direct messages however, we do converse through comments on pictures. I do not follow them back to avoid seeing anything questionable- they only follow me.