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article imageKids, parents 'uncomfortable' with teachers on Facebook

By Andrew Moran     Sep 9, 2009 in World
Many students and parents are 'weirded out' about teachers being on the popular social-networking websites Facebook and MySpace after grade-school kids Tweeted about their teachers being on the websites.
Many kids and parents are uncomfortable with their children’s teacher(s) on Facebook and MySpace. But now many elementary and secondary institutions are going as far as banning teachers sending friend requests to their pupils, such as the schools in the Vancouver and Langley school districts, according to the CBC.
However, Chris Kennedy, West Vancouver School Board's assistant superintendent, says Facebook can be used for a variety of ways for many schools. Kennedy himself uses the social-networking website to ‘push forward information.’ The assistant superintendent believes most kids ‘live’ online.
Nevertheless, Kennedy has altered the way he uses Facebook. He only accepts friend requests from former students and he does not allow them to see his photographs and majority of posts. He also suggests that teenagers do the same standards.
Kennedy told CBC, ‘It really is a private journal. It's like opening their bedroom to their teachers, and that's the boundary issue. And I think students need to understand, they don't want teachers to see in there. Teachers don't want to go there.’
In March 2008, according to Canada.com, School Principal Mark Classen was fired from his position at Harrison Hot Springs Elementary School in Fraser Valley, British Columbia because one parent reported seeing a nude photograph of him that he displayed on his personal website.
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