Can teachers (or youth workers) have appropriate relationships with students and youth on social networking websites? Can the law legislate what a teacher can and cannot do on the internet (such as friend a student on facebook, myspace, etc.)?
An article on the topic has really rubbed me raw on the issue.
Yes, there are cases of misuse of technology between a teacher and a student. However, banning all teachers from a particular medium of communication because of that misuse is non sequitur. The technology does not cause the inappropriate relationship, the teacher and student create the inappropriate relationship and would do so regardless of the medium at their fingertips.
Am I missing something here, or is this just sensational social conservatism?