Pinellas weighs ban on social media
It's hard not to buy into the idea that a simple Twitter post could lead to a world of hurt. And the Pinellas school district is hoping to keep its teachers off that wall of shame.
On the School Board's agenda today is a proposal to ban teachers from using social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to communicate with students, limiting them to district-provided email and electronic platforms. Teachers who use private electronic tools to communicate with students could face disciplinary action.
The rationale: such communications could generate confidential records, and the district is legally responsible for maintaining it or getting rid of it. Officials say the records could also make teachers or the district look bad because they "give the appearance of inappropriate associations with students."
The idea stems from earlier board conversations about adopting a social networking policy, after several teachers got into trouble for using such sites.
-- Sylvia Lim, Times correspondent