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In today's digital world teachers use social media to offer students homework help and links to educational sites.
But private messages sent via FaceBook and other social networking sites.
Are raising red -- there are always -- -- be bad actors who will use the tools at their disposal to act on their bad impulsive.
Authorities cite numerous examples of students getting -- into sexual relationships through hidden communications on FaceBook.
From a high school math teacher at Livermore California to an eighth grade English teacher in Georgia the students in both cases just fourteen.
Across the country schools are moving to limit or ban such hidden messages and the state of Missouri now requires districts to develop social media guide.
Often times these communications -- communications start.
With something that is perfectly appropriate.
But then it evolves because it's hidden.
Into inappropriate relationships.
That have caused many teachers to lose their jobs and students and their families much hard it.
But some argue what sweeping ban on hidden messages could backfire.
A teacher who communicates on FaceBook with the student who's also a relative for instance might be violating district policy.
Students can go on and ask questions while they're working on homework assignment to.
Features like Nicole Martin worried banning private messages could discourage valid questions and responses out of fear of crossing a line.
Surveys show nearly 95% of America's teenagers connect to the Internet and 80% of them use social media site.
How much access they have to their teachers personal life and vice Versa.
Is fast becoming a lesson in defining appropriate relationships.
Outside the classroom.
In San Francisco Claudia Cowan fox days.
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