Missouri Bans Teacher-Student Facebook Relations! Missouri Senate Bill 54
Social sites are much popular among the teens and youngsters today. Majority of the social site users consists of students spending a lot of time on social networks to remain in contact with their friends and relatives including their teachers at schools or colleges. However, Missouri State Officials doesn’t see these activities as a healthy phenomenon and the state is going to ban teacher-student off school relations and friendship on social sites including Facebook- the most popular social network among youngsters and teens.
It is Missouri Senate Bill 54 that would come into effect on August 28 according to which any social networking including Facebook — is prohibited for use to make friendship between teachers and students.
The recent bill is said to be the parts of efforts to define internet based teacher-student relationship and its boundaries more clearly than before.
However, KSPR reports that this bill only prohibits the direct social media contacts between teachers and students and doesn’t asks teachers to create Facebook Pages students can directly access to their teachers in a more public setting.
Inappropriate contact between students and teachers is at the root of the legislation. Senate Bill 54 is designed to protect children from sexual misconduct by teachers, compelling school districts to adopt written policies between teachers and students on electronic media, social networking and other forms of communication.
Teachers and students usually shouldn’t be friends, anyway, so on the surface this sounds like a good idea.
However, we are surprised not only on the bill itself but also on the possible ways of monitoring the so-called teacher-student friendship mention in the bill. How would the Missouri government authorities probe these relations? Will the state be allowed to have an access to Facebook accounts and personal computers of the both students and teachers or Internet service provider would record these teachers-students relations on behalf of Missouri state?
We think that indecent relationships between teacher and their students would really be hard enough to discover, especially in the circumstances where teachers and students engaged in such relationships would hardly be available to disclose their communications on social networks like Facebook where their all other friends can easily smell their false relations.
The point to discuss now is the constitutional position of the said bill since it apparently seems against the human basic rights of privacy and freedom. Someone would really challenge the bill in courts… have you dare to do it.
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