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Missouri moves to make online friendship illegal

| November 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Another first for another American state. Missouri’s emergence as the first in the nation to make it illegal for students and teachers to be Facebook ‘friends’, has caused a hullabaloo.

Bill SB54 went into effect on 28 August 2011. Intended, says Governor Jay Nixon, to protect children from sexual misconduct by teachers, it also bans teachers from connecting with minors on any social networking site. Opponents say the bill is the just another right-wing move to erode the right to free speech.

Some teachers have said it has scuppered plans to use social media for genuine education initiatives, and an English teacher in Joplin said that the only reason his school district could confirm that 20 students were alive after the savage tornado earlier this year, was because he was ‘friends’ with them on Facebook.

Category: Summer 2011

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