Reply

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
Kids Facebook friending their previous teachers? Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
5th Jul '13

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'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49254 posts
5th Jul '13

I wish we could have had stuff like that for me to keep up with teachers I liked

C.K.I Due September 10 (girl); 2 kids; Texas 13314 posts
5th Jul '13

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.

homes cool 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60938 posts
5th Jul '13

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.

Adriana's Mami♥ +1 Due December 14 (boy); 33 kids; Ontario 3858 posts
5th Jul '13

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.

Bad Things 1 child; Blacksburg, SC, United States 17093 posts
status 5th Jul '13

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.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
5th Jul '13
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.

Ƥinkƴ 34 kids; 2 angel babies; Madagascar 23637 posts
5th Jul '13
SaraDenise 2 kids; Durant, Oklahoma 827 posts
5th Jul '13

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.

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
5th Jul '13
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:

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
5th Jul '13
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.

K and N TTC since Nov 2012; 2 kids; Denver City, Texas 1890 posts
5th Jul '13

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.

Ƥinkƴ 34 kids; 2 angel babies; Madagascar 23637 posts
5th Jul '13
user banned 2 kids; Silly, Belgium 6539 posts
5th Jul '13

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.

SaraDenise 2 kids; Durant, Oklahoma 827 posts
5th Jul '13
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.