German state bans teacher-student Facebook contact

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 15:16

Sydney: A German state has reportedly banned contact between teachers and students on Facebook over the site`s storage of personal data for commercial purposes and also because it spoils the professional distance.

The Rhineland-Palatinate state has sent a message to teachers, intimating them about the policy barring them from chatting with students online and giving them access to photos and personal information.

State Education Ministry spokesman Wolf-Juergen Karle said that in certain schools, teachers and students talk about school-related topics over Facebook, which should happen over secure online educational platforms.

The ministry further said that Facebook`s business model of collecting personal data for commercial purposes is not compatible with the educational mission of the state`s schools.

The report said that other German states have also implemented or are considering measures restricting contact between students and teachers on social media networks.

ANI

First Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 15:16
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