August 28th marks a turn in school procedures as the student-teacher internet law takes effect in Kansas City, Missouri.
This law prohibits teachers to befriend students on social networking sites outside of the classroom. Lawmakers think this will go a step further to prevent unwanted student-teacher relationships from blossoming, while many school officials say the new law "assumes" all teachers are predatory perverts.
In a recent Missouri poll, most teachers will reach out to their students on social networking sites in an appropriate manner; whether it is for tutoring or friendly companionship. High school students, in particular, are befriending their teachers outside of school because we live in a virtual world where technology seems to be the only way a teacher can truly connect with a student academically.
The law was passed unanimously this last spring after there were a large number of sexual relationships reported between teachers and students within the Missouri school systems.
The main issue seems to be how to staunch sexual activity between teacher and students while not condemning the teachers and students who have done nothing wrong. The new law completely restricts emails, internet contact of any kind outside of the classroom, and texting. Although lawmakers in Kansas city have stated the student-teacher internet law wouldn't affect learning, several teaching organizations disagree and plan to petition for a modification of the new law in January of 2012.