Is it OK for my kid to friend her teacher on Facebook?

Check with your school. Some have strict rules about teachers and students being Facebook friends on a teacher's personal page (and we've heard from many teachers who frown upon the practice.) But if the teacher creates a class-wide Facebook page or dedicated Facebook group, then he or she most likely is using it as a teaching tool. Still, you have the right to investigate further to make sure it's all legit.

Some educators are making use of social-learning networks such as Edmodo, Schoology, and Collaborize Classroom for their students to discuss issues and collaborate on projects or for teachers to assign and receive homework. Any teacher who requires students to join a social network should send home clear guidelines on how students should use it.

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Adult written by Monera

I think best practice is to friend only FORMER teachers. I understand the conflict of interest that might ensue because of the power differential between a teacher and student. However, I friended many former teachers from high school and middle school since I graduated and it is a great way to stay in touch and show those teachers what a big impact they made on you. Many school districts do ban social media between the two, because of liability issues and all, like inappropriate relations, but I do wish that I could have friended more teachers who I did not have directly while still in school. People should consider also, what is on the social media they're allowing their teachers to see if they do friend them. If there is content you'd be uncomfortable or too personal for a teacher to see on your social media, then you probably shouldn't let your teacher have access to it. In some ways, if that teacher is already in authority over you still, then I believe it would be odd to allow them access to your more personal stuff, as it would feel like you're being "watched" in your private life too. I think overall, it's like friending your boss at work. The power differential makes things a bit awkward and you don't want every authority figure to see what you're up to in your private life on your own time. However, a former boss or teacher is a different story as they are more your equals once you're no longer under their authority.
Teen, 16 years old written by honesttruthfromateen

Hello there! I have added my middle school teacher on Facebook. I think Facebook makes more than any other ones such as Instagram. I know my teacher end of the year mentioned several times add me when you graduated from highschool and at least the age of 18 years old. It's always nice to keep in touch with your previous teachers and send them emails. Hope this helps!
Adult written by Peaceout16

Well actually, it depends on the school districts policy for instance, the school district I used to work did not allow teachers to have social media or outside academic relations, so in other words say if one of my students did decide to friend me on Facebook I'm not allowed to accept his/her friend request because I'm not permitted to and I run the risk of getting a penalty or even loosing my job. So I would suggest you check your school districts policy or teacher regulations and make sure this is permitted. Hope this helps!! Good luck!!
Teen, 14 years old written by kitty47

I think it is okay if your child and her teacher are friends but it is illegal in some states.
Adult written by Jane21

There is at least one teacher a week on the news being caught as a pedophile. No teacher needs to share any unmonitored social networking with kids. Do we really need kids snap chatting with adults? It's way too much access to our kids who are already vulnerable. Of course all teachers aren't bad, but how can you be sure? Here's how, never allow an adult access to talk to your kids when ever they chose, or to send them selfies! If they have something to say it should be done in school. Teachers have eboards and homework pages on the school websites to convey their assignments. At most an email to a school monitored email address is all a kid needs if they want to ask a teacher something outside of class.Seems like the invention of the Internet has driven sense out the window .
Kid, 11 years old

I say no. My reason is that if your kid posts a sexy selfie or uses profanity or something like that the teacher can see it and it might get them in trouble
Kid, 12 years old

I honestly don't see anything wrong with that. If the school has rules against it, that is a violation of rights, so your child (and most likely) the teacher will be safe from trouble. Feel free to check it out though, the account bay be fake.
Parent of a 9 and 13 year old written by jasminesmom

I discourage my child from connecting with teachers on instagram and snapchat. If she is having a bad day and posts something negative about school, it can lead to issues...