Monique Reyes, 15, says teachers shouldn’t have social media contact with students because she feels it’s inappropriate.
“Teachers are educators and should play the role that they get paid to do,” says Reyes, who attends the John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science.
Some teachers these days feel as though social media sites allow them to strengthen their professional connections to students.
Of course, others have taken it too far. In New York City, according to a press ac count, three teachers were fired over a six-month period in 2010 for having improper dealings with students on social media.
One teacher reportedly wrote, “This is sexy,” under a student’s photo on Facebook. Another allegedly sent a message to a student telling her that her boyfriend didn’t deserve such a beautiful girl as her.
Jolie Medrano, 15, says it’s weird when teachers reach out to students via social
“It shouldn’t happen unless it’s school based,” says Medrano, from the O’Bryant. “Teachers and students have their own social lives.”
Ernest Mejia, 17, agrees that teachers shouldn’t interact with students on social networks.
“Students should have their own sense of privacy away from their academic life,” says Mejia, who goes to the O’Bryant. “The purpose of social networks is so that you can choose who you want to communicate with.”