Begovic1 Ena Begovic Ford Forum Paper 2011 ABSTRACT: The advent of the 21st century marked a technological revolution. The most notable aspect of this revolution was the mainstreaming of the Internet and, subsequently, the introduction of various Internet “byproducts.” Perhaps the most popular and influential byproducts are Facebook, Myspace, and other social networks. Indeed, social networks have infiltrated virtually every domain of life, including education. In this essay, I will explore how social networks can exert (and have exerted) both positive and negative influences on the student‐teacher relationship. I will attempt to provide an answer to the ultimate question: Should students and teachers be “friends” on social networks?
The Effects of Social Networks on the StudentTeacher Relationship
Imagine that you are a teacher. Now, imagine logging into your Facebook account; once on your homepage you notice a red icon in the upper left hand corner indicating a “friend request.” You eagerly click on the icon to see who it could be. To your surprise, it is one of your students! What should you do? Should you accept your student’s request or deny it? This is a common scenario faced by teachers across the nation due to the recent introduction of social networks. These social networks have presented new ways for students and teachers to interact, and in turn, have impacted the student‐teacher relationship. This paper will explore both the positive and negative influences of social network‐mediated interaction on the student‐ teacher relationship, and will attempt to answer the question of whether
Begovic2 students and teachers should be “friends” on Facebook, Myspace, and other social networks. Social networks are virtual forums that allow individuals to reconnect and socialize with old friends and family, and become acquainted with new ...