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Poll: Should teachers be on social media with students?

Is it alright for teachers to interact with their students on Facebook in this digital age – or should they steer clear? You tell us…

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THE ETIQUETTE OF using social media is a difficult one, not least when it comes to professional complications. The Teaching Council, for example, is planning to introduce a code of conduct this week for how teachers should interact with their students on social media sites.

Just last March, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn said that it isn’t “appropriate” for teachers and students to be in communication on Facebook and similar sites. Yet in the US last year, a judge blocked a law in Missouri which would have prohibited teachers from having online conversations with students. The governor in the state said that “we must recognise that social media can be an important tool for teaching and learning”.

Where so you stand on it?

Is it alright for teachers and students to interact on social networking websites?

Poll Results:

No (2086)
Yes - but only in very limited circumstances (800)
Yes (246)
I don't know (65)

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