Cast Your Vote:
- I think it's weird and I would not be okay with it -- Votes: 11
- I think it's weird but I don't have a problem with it -- Votes: 8
- I don't think it's weird and would like it -- Votes: 20
- Other -- Votes: 10
As a parent, would you be weirded out if your child was Facebook friends with a previous teacher?
One of my 5th graders from last year just sent me a friend request and I don't know to accept or deny it. I don't have anything inappropriate on mine, I barely have anything to begin with. Just wondering how other parents would feel. Keep in mind, she's a previous student, doesn't go to the school I teach at anymore.
I wish we could have had stuff like that for me to keep up with teachers I liked
My MIL is a teacher and has many of her former students on her friends' list.. It isn't weird and none of the parents have a problem with it. In fact, she has helped many of them with scholarships and college apps. She enjoys keeping up with them.
I don't think I would with a student that young. However, I'm very good friends with a teacher from highschool now. We're on facebook together, we go out to get coffee together...I mean, I've been graduated for 8 years now & stuff, but yea.
I wouldn't accept it. Maybe if you were a high school teacher and this child was now an adult but I don't see the point in a 5th grader keeping in touch or getting updates on your personal life.
If I were a teacher, I wouldnt want past students on my personal facebook page. I wouldnt want my child adding their personal page, either.
Quoting Adriana's Mami♥ +1:" I wouldn't accept it. Maybe if you were a high school teacher and this child was now an adult but I don't see the point in a 5th grader keeping in touch or getting updates on your personal life."
Well she is a 6th grader now. But I see your point.
Where I'm from, we would commonly be Facebook friends with our teachers even WHILE we were in their class. It wasn't a big deal. It really comes in handy when you need a previous teacher's address or phone number for a recommendation or job application. I'm pretty sure I am FB friends with every previous teacher I've had that has a FB.
In regards to an elementary teacher's situation, my old school's teachers would be friends with their students' parents and alert them about trips coming up, etc. It's a good way to keep everyone informed.
What makes you uncomfortable?
I'm also in college to be a teacher and I never put anything on my Facebook that I wouldn't want any future students or their parents to read.
What makes you uncomfortable about the situation.
Quoting Cockfetti:" In have serveral of my past teachers on my friends list, but I'm 25 and put of school. I had no teacher ... [snip!] ... won't add you unless you're out of school. A 6th grader shouldn't have a FB page to begin with, but that's my opinion."
That's kind of beside the point, there's nothing I can do about that. :lol:
Quoting SaraDenise:" Where I'm from, we would commonly be Facebook friends with our teachers even WHILE we were in their class. ... [snip!] ... Facebook that I wouldn't want any future students or their parents to read. What makes you uncomfortable about the situation."
I'm not uncomfortable, I just wanted to know how others felt about it because my gut says "no, inappropriate" but my heart says "aw, she misses me!" Lol.
Hard call to make. I was facebook friends with some of my previous teachers (when I was on facebook), but that happened after I graduated, and became an adult. If you don't have any inappropriate content that would pop up on their news feed, then I don't really see a problem with it. A few of my little sister's teachers have pages specifically for their students and previous students.
I think it would be all right.
As a parent, I wouldn't mind if my kid friended their teachers as long as they didn't have anything on their page that's questionable, yaknow, being role models and all.
If I were a teacher, I would not friend students though. :P unless they were graduates and 18+. Just because too many parents are weird and may try to make it into something it's not.
Quoting Dovahkiin:" I'm not uncomfortable, I just wanted to know how others felt about it because my gut says "no, inappropriate" but my heart says "aw, she misses me!" Lol. "
What do you find inappropriate?
You may have made a big impression on her. My teachers were like parents to me. If she went to the trouble to see if you have a FB, she probably cares about you a lot.