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Slaw: Banning teachers from communicating with their students on social media

In the age of social media like Facebook and Twitter, school administrators are asking whether such electronic communication is appropriate between students and teachers. They are wondering where boundaries for such communication should be placed. Many school boards are choosing a strict path, forbidding or restricting any communication via social media between students and teachers.

Recently, the Missouri state legislature attempted to block contact between students and former students under age 18 and their teachers via social networking sites that provide “exclusive” access (a private, one-on-one means of communication). The overall goal of this law, the Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, enacted on July 14, 2011, is to protect school-aged children from sexual predators at school.

Although this case is currently being debated in the United States, it is a topic of interest for all countries including Canada.

For more information, read my latest post on Slaw.

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Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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