Facebook 'friends' rules set for teachers

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TEACHERS SHOULD not befriend their students on Facebook and other social networking sites, according to a new code of conduct agreed by the Teaching Council, the group that regulates the profession.
The new code is the first attempt to set down clear guidelines on use of social media for 70,000 primary and second-level teachers in the State. It comes amid growing concern in school communities about bullying of students and teachers on Facebook and Twitter.
Last month four students were expelled from a Dublin school after posting “vile sexual allegations’’ about their teachers on Facebook. An appeal by the four against their expulsion from Oatlands College, Stillorgan, will be heard later this month.
Full Text: Facebook ‘friends’ rules set for teachers – The Irish Times – Mon, Jun 04, 2012.

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