ABC 2 News in Baltimore reported on the latest in a series of discussions about the propriety of students and teachers being friends on social media sites such as Facebook. There are no current laws governing what is appropriate for such media in Maryland, but stories continue to pop up around the country – such as in Michigan, when a teacher lost her job after inapropriate photos of her from a batchelorette party surfaced. She appealed the decision and got her job back, but the situation is still an interesting one for educators.
The Baltimore Teacher’s Union has been holding seminars to educate teachers on both the benefits and drawbacks of social media interaction.
“Facebook is open to the world and educators stand in a different position than regular citizens, they are in a position of trust,” says attorney Keith Zimmerman.