Facebook Do’s and Dont’s for NYC Teachers

“I’m not a gynecologist, but I’ll take a look inside,” read a line on the Facebook page of Chadwin Reynolds, a teacher at Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx.

The New York Post reports that Reynolds, who “friended” about a half-dozen female students and wrote creepy comments like, “This is sexy,” under some of their Facebook photos, was fired ealier this year.

According to The Post, “At least three educators from city public high schools have been fired in the past six months for having inappropriate dealings with students on Facebook — one of which culminated in a sexual relationship.”

More frightening is the slow response from the Department of Education, which still does not have an official policy in place to police communications between teachers and students on social networking sites.

“We continually look at ways that our policies may need to evolve to keep pace with technology,” a DOE spokeswoman told the Post.

More than a decade into the social networking phenomenon, it’s past time the DOE went from looking at this issue to acting on it.

bpopper {at} observer.com

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Facebook Do’s and Dont’s for NYC Teachers