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New social networking policy examined for Granite School District

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Granite School District is getting ahead of the curve and clamping down on social networking between teachers and their students.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - The Granite School District is getting ahead of the curve and clamping down on social networking between teachers and their students. They are creating a new policy that would prohibit teachers from interacting with their students on Facebook.

The school district does not see any reason why teachers should accept their students as friends on any kind of social networking site.

Many agree there are some lines which shouldn't be crossed between teachers and their students.

John Lyon says, "As a parent I would prefer my children's friends be their actual friends. I think once you go into that friendship realm you open up private things in your life and faculty are there to be the students instructors not their friends."

Granite school district are not asking teachers to not be on those sites or networking with their peers, but rather asking them to not go beyond those bounds of appropriateness and being friends with students.

A member of the Granite School District Ben Horsley says, "I think the fear is when someone is a friend with a student they are trying to network socially, and that's exactly what the granite school district wants to prevent they are drafting a policy that would prohibit teachers from granting students access to their personal sites."

Amanda Madsen agrees with the policy. She says, "They are going to be entering a world of their friendship and things that are going to be going on in their personal life. I don’t think kids should have access to their teacher's lives either. It's a policy most parents are on board with."

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