Home » News » U.S. Law Prohibits Student-Teacher Facebook Friendships

U.S. Law Prohibits Student-Teacher Facebook Friendships

August 1, 2011 7:04 AM | News

A new law in Missouri will prevent students and teachers from becoming Facebook friends.

Senate Bill 54 — which takes effect August 28 — is aimed at curbing inappropriate relationships between educators and students, and more clearly define teacher-student boundaries.

Teachers are still allowed, however, to create general pages where students can interact with them on a more public level. Such pages already exist for certain classes, where teachers post class notes or answer questions about assignments after hours.

Critics of the Bill raise the issue about how this law will be policed. Legislators say it’s just another step to protect children from sexual misconduct triggered by Internet relationships.

— With files from KSPR.com