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Facebook Law in Missouri

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.

via Missouri teacher sues state over ‘Facebook law,’ says she can’t contact her own child online | The Lookout – Yahoo! News.

 

Okay, I don’t know if I am blogging this because of the article itself or because of the stupidity and audacity of some of the comments. I will start by saying this is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. This country has bigger things to worry about than whether or not a teacher talks to a student on Facebook.

Here is my thinking on this whole situation.

1. Anyone can friend anyone on a social network. The government has no business making laws dictating who can communicate with who. It’s not illegal for the teacher to talk to the student at the grocery store or McDonald’s, so why is Facebook any different.

2. If the child is under 18, then the parents SHOULD be monitoring their facebook account anyway. If you are a parent and not keeping track of what your child is doing online, then that is bad parenting, but that is another blog topic.

3. For those that believe this woman is just seeking attention, go get a life. She has every right to be pissed off and she has every right to contact her child on Facebook.

I interact with our daughter on Facebook and even with some of her friends. This allows us to have fun, open communication, and allows us as parents to monitor what she does online. I think the state of Missouri has lost it’s damn mind.

I commend the teacher that wants to participate in a students life, half the teachers don’t care anymore, they are over worked and under paid. They are jaded and teaching has become more of a job, not a passion, and that is a sad thing. I had three teachers when I was in school that gave me their phone numbers, they were available for homework questions or if I just needed to talk. Not all adults who interact with kids are perverts.

Okay, I got sidetracked with something else and have completely lost my train of thought, but I think you get the idea. Enough is enough, start worrying about the things that are truly important like the economy, jobs, and health care. Leave social networking and people’s private lives alone.

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