Columbia school board considers Facebook changes

Columbia Public School Board members are thinking about changing policies dealing with social networks like Facebook.

The Missouri School Boards TM Association introduced some proposed revisions for all public schools in the state.

The revisions would help prevent inappropriate conduct between students and teachers.

The new policy for teachers has 17 violations including the caressing, fondling or kissing of students, giving gifts to individual student and meeting students in non-work settings without a parent or guardian.

The proposed changes also prevent teachers from giving students access to their personal social networking website or webpage.

It prohibits teachers from corresponding or communicating with students on Facebook for a variety of reasons, but really to protect teachers because of the difficulties that could be posed with social networking, Columbia public schools administrator Dr. Sally Beth Lyon said.

Columbia Public Schools already have a policy that states staff and students should not have any inappropriate relations.