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    Henry Brown

    Not sure that this solution is the answer but it should at least start the juices flowing…

    From the Boston Herald
    Teachers could be disciplined or fired for friending students on Facebook and school administrators would be encouraged to comb the Web for cyber-transgressions under a new policy being pitched to Massachusetts districts.

    “It’s just an effort to provide an additional measure for kids against inappropriate relationships and sexual harassment,” said Massachusetts Association of School Committees executive director Glenn Koocher of the group’s advisory policy.

    The guidelines suggest teachers be axed or disciplined for inappropriate use of social-networking Web sites and include the following recommendations:

    • That schools bar teachers from being “friends” with students on sites such as Facebook.
    • That teachers be prohibited from giving out their cell phone number to students, posting inappropriate photos with “sexual content” or “advocating use of drugs and alcohol” on Web sites.
    • That administrators “periodically conduct Internet searches to see if teachers have posted inappropriate materials online.”

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