Is Texting Between Teachers And Students Appropriate?

7:18 PM, Feb 2, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Teachers are meant to be role models in the classroom and help your kids become successful.  Some even spend as much time with the children as their parents.  

But what would you do if you picked up your child's cell phone and saw a text message from their teacher or coach?  Even if it was strictly school related, would you mind?

Elon University School of Education professor Glenda Crawford said, "Any communication with K-12 students needs to be professional. That means no social networking. No chat. No personal email...We don't get on that level. That's social, personal communication. We stress the professional."

Crawford emphasizes that concept and idea to her college students studying to become teachers.

Elon Education student Lindsay Bell said, "The age divide between me and my students is potentially as close as three or four years. It's really important to have that boundary and line."

Elon Education student Britt Johnson added, "I think you need to show them you're emotional invested in them and you care about them. But, I think there's a point where a line needs to be drawn. Texting, in my opinion, crosses that line."

However, NC Fusion Coach Chris Little thinks text messages can be an effective communication tool with his players.

"For informational purposes, we found the best to communicate with our athletes is to text...If there's changes to the schedule, things they need to bring, we can send a group text to the players we work with," Little said.

Last year, the Virginia State Board Of Education proposed a complete ban on texting between teachers and their students.  It would have also restricted social media conversation.  The proposal was part of an effort to reduce the amount of inappropriate relationships between students and faculty.  

The board since backed down from that proposal after receiving a majority of negative comments regarding the proposal.  They instead created general guidelines and left it to individual district to form specific policy.

The spotlight shined once again on the issue following a Winston-Salem Journal article regarding a Forsyth County coach and school police officer being called out by a student over text messages sent to another 16-year-old female student.

Triad Area Teacher Texting/Social Media Policies

Guilford County Schools
Davidson County Schools
Forsyth County Schools

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