A word on school and teachers
School attendance is compulsory and thus parents are mandated to entrust their children to our education system. As a result of this mandate, “trust” has evolved into the operative foundation of the relationship of students with their teachers. It is from this foundation that the duty of teachers to act as a fiduciary in their students' best interest and to create and maintain a safe environment for their students derives.
"Professional educators shall exert reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions which interfere with learning or are harmful to the student's health and safety."
Legal/Illegal and Moral/Immoral
Student-teacher sexual relationships even if students are 18 are illegal in 23 states including Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, Connecticut and Kansas.
Teachers are in position of power and authority
Teachers have different roles in students' lives
Students are more vulnerable today than ever before
Influence of TV
"Pretty Little Liars"
Do these shows make these relationships seem normal?
What influence do they really have on students?
Social Media Awareness
What advice would you give your staff about using social media with students?
Should teachers use this form of communication? In what cases would it be "ok?
As more educators make themselves accessible to students via social media and text messaging, experts worry that once clear-cut boundaries are becoming blurred, leading to more inappropriate relations between students and their educators.
Here is a video discussing how the boundary between students and teachers are blurring with the help of social media and how school districts are trying to resolve it.
Points to Consider in Providing Training on Appropriate Teacher/Student Relationship