What are the Laws and Policies Regarding Social Networking in Schools?
Both Federal and state legislation has been proposed to curb the use of social networking in schools, which has incited controversy over the legality of such legislation. Critics believe that regulating online activity is a violation of first amendment rights.
If teachers are not careful with the use of social networkign sites they can fall into inappropriate relationships with students. They may also post information that they believe to be private. These are some of the reasons people are calling for regulation and potential removal of Social networking from schools.
The two main federal policies that educators should be aware of when engaging with social media in the classroom are the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
Due to the discussion and conversation heavy nature of the social media world there also exists potential legal liabilities to consider regarding libel, slander, defamation, and any other issues accidental or purposeful breaching of IPR (Intellectual Property Rights).
Can Teachers be Fired for Content on Their Own Facebook?
The answer is YES, you can get fired for facebook content, the courts will uphold it! For more information click here.
Here is an example of a teacher who was fired for their profile pictures.
To Avoid legal issues regarding Facebook and to protect your job check out his "how to" guide for teachers using facebook.