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Lee County School District Florida Asks Teachers To Unfriend Students On Facebook

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Lee County School District Florida Asks Teachers To Unfriend Students On Facebook – Lee County School District in Florida recently released a notice to its teachers and faculty encouraging them not to “friend” students on Facebook or any other social networking sites.

It is inappropriate for employees to communicate, regardless of the reason, with current students enrolled in the district on any public social networking website. This includes becoming ‘friends’ or allowing students access to personal web pages for communication reasons,” the guidelines stated.

Joseph Donzelli is the director of communications and printing services at Lee County Public Schools. He is quick to say that the guidelines are being offered out of a voice of advice, saying, “The guidelines weren’t issued from a punitive standpoint, but a proactive one. We don’t want teachers and students to do something they might regret.”

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Donzelli goes on to say that the guidelines are not mandatory, but rather a suggestion to encourage teachers and students to be responsible in their communications with each other. “We are advising teachers to make good decisions online so they don’t get themselves into trouble later,” he says.

Donzelli and the Lee County School District are simply trying to remind everyone to be careful, especially in order to avoid potentially embarrassing lawsuits.

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