Interesting move on the part of the Missouri legislature. mashable.com/2011/07/30/student-teacher-facebook/.
This is the section of MO Senate Bill 54:
SECTION 162.069 - By January 1, 2012, every school district must develop a written policy concerning teacher-student communication and employee-student communications. Each policy must include appropriate oral and nonverbal personal communication, which may be combined with sexual harassment policies, and appropriate use of electronic media as described in the act, including social networking sites. Teachers cannot establish, maintain, or use a work-related website unless it is available to school administrators and the child's legal custodian, physical custodian, or legal guardian. Teachers also cannot have a nonwork-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student.
This is not new for most districts that have policies in place. This gives teeth to administrators who suspect inappropriate communications between teachers and students. Big questions to ask:
1. Who is going to police this?
2. Who is going to force teachers to open systems to their administrators?
3. Will teachers take this seriously(especially those who want to be the student's friend)?
4. Will teachers de-friend students already part of their circle of friends?
5. Does this open better us of Google+ circles?