The Internet arrived with both a bang and bubble. Once social media platforms came into being, sites including Facebook and Twitter began to permeate every facet of life. With the phenomenon’s expansion, it raised a number of issues involving privacy, protection and responsibility.
Teachers are not exempt from these concerns. By being in a position of power and working with adolescents, their behavior is often scrutinized thoroughly. Naturally, if something happens to a child when they are in the care of the school, it is the organization and staff member who are liable. In relation to the Internet, not only is cyberbullying an issue — especially when conducted on school grounds — but social media is considered by some as an inappropriate way for teacher and student to communicate.
Therein lies the problem. Social media provides quick and effective communication, but perhaps is a ‘too-open’ channel that schools and parents might not be able to regulate. In a minority of cases, the teacher-student relationship line has been crossed, but is this really enough of a reason to ban an effective teaching tool from class?