The beginning of the school year starts, you find out who your child's teacher will be, and you sit down at your computer. Many of us like to search for people we have just met on a popular social media site, just to see more into their lives. This often applies to parents searching for teachers, curious about what they like, their family, pictures, etc.
Sometimes we may go a step further and ask to 'friend' our child's teacher. Don't be surprised if you don't hear anything until the end of the school year, or ever, for that matter. Many teachers have a work vs. school policy. Meaning, they aren't going to mix business with pleasure, keeping Facebook friends to those not associated with work. Some teachers don't even friend co-workers, wanting just that much more privacy. Some also will wait until the end of the school year before accepting a friend request from parents.
Don't be offended if a teacher does not accept your request or if you can tell you have limited access to their albums or wall. Remember that teachers are people outside of school. They love the children in their class and their families, but often, they want to go home and disconnect.
Students 'Friending' Teachers
If your child wants to 'friend' a teacher, many of them will never get that opportunity. Most teachers will not friend a student. I say "most", which means that some do. Many higher level teachers tell students they will friend them after graduation, which works for them. Elementary teachers rarely 'friend' their students, for many reasons.
Teachers will share their lives with students in the classroom. However, social media allows access to too many outside factors beyond our control. So students, don't feel like your teachers don't like you, they just don't want to be "friends" with you...online! Haha!
A teacher turned techie with an obsession with Google, teachers that love learning, and students that love life!