This is an issue that will only increase in this millennium. Teacher training is key.
Teachers should never be alone with students. This is something the faculties need to teach student teachers. The same principle applies on-line.
Teachers should refrain from on-line interactions of a personal nature. Keep it professional.
Horror stories abound.
I had students send me dirty jokes. These were grade 6 students. They sent them to me at my school board's email, which the board has the right to monitor. The students were also sending vulgar photos they purported to be jokes. I told them they must stop this. It could have meant my job.
It is important to keep a professional boundary between yourself and your students. You are not their friends, you must be like their parent, unafraid to discipline and show them where the line is that they must not cross. Faculties are weak in the areas of classroom control, very weak in technology lessons.
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