If you’re so upset that you can’t talk to you own (under 18) kid on Facebook (who lives with you!!) that you actually feel the need to sue the state (Missouri)–I’d recommend you stop and think about two things:
1. Why would you talk to your child (whom you’re raising!!) on Facebook?!! At the dinner table, just look up…and…talk. (duh)
2. What could you possible need to chat with your underage students about that cannot be done on a school orchestrated website?? Lady…do you realize that sounds kind of creepy? Because it does.
The law, which has been nicknamed the Facebook law, prohibits teachers from having exclusive communications with students over non-work Internet sites. Students are defined as anyone under 18 who attend or used to attend the school where the teacher works. In her suit, Christina Thomas alleges that the Ladue, Mo., school district where she works has told teachers that they cannot have “exclusive communications” with their own children on Facebook if their children meet the law’s definition of former or current student.
The law was designed with the intention of deterring sexual abuse in school. 10% of public school students in 2000 reported that they experienced unwanted sexual harassment or abuse from an educator. If you’re curious why she cares so much, keep reading the rest of the official story here.
- Missouri Takes Aim at Facebook: Who Are We Protecting? (mprcenter.org)
- Missouri restricts social networking between teachers, students (podcast) (news.cnet.com)