It is not against the law for students and instructors to follow each other on social media. There are no laws that address this. Such policies may exist in certain school districts, but I have never heard of any. They are usually adopted by individual schools or groups of schools. Those policies can affect how teachers use social media in the classroom, but they don't prevent them from doing so.
Many teachers are mandated by school policy to refrain from communicating with current pupils via social media. The laws vary greatly and aren't always implemented, but schools generally realize that adults engaging in private internet interactions with underage kids over whom they have control can be dangerous.
That being said, there are many teachers who do use social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with their classes. Some do this openly, some not so much. But regardless of what approach a particular teacher takes, it's important for students to understand that these individuals are not immune to legal consequences when interacting with them online. Even if a teacher isn't violating any policies, there's still a risk involved with online communication. Students need to know that whatever they post online can and will be used against them at a later date.
As an example, let's say that your teacher posts photos of herself drinking on social media. One day she comes to class intoxicated. Is this behavior appropriate? Probably not. Should she be allowed to remain as your teacher? That depends on how severe her intoxication was and what kind of policies the school has regarding alcohol consumption by educators.
In conclusion, it is not inappropriate for students to follow their teachers on social media. However, teachers should use caution not to put themselves in situations where they might be forced to make decisions that could affect their career.
Not only did all of the instructors, who work in school systems across the country, claim that "friending" or "following" children on social media is against policy, but coaches also jumped in, noting that NCAA rules prohibits online fraternization between coaches and student athletes.
Thus, legally speaking, it's best not to fall out with your teachers by following them on social media.
The class learns, the school saves money, and it is fully transparent (unlike email). Of course, there will be individuals who emphasize the "social" in social media—teachers are there to educate, not to socialize. However, many teachers use the site for educational purposes too.
When a teacher joins Facebook they are given a profile page where they can list themselves as an educator at their school. This allows them to post content relevant to their field of expertise and connect with other educators around the world.
However, students and parents may find this type of activity distracting and believe that teachers should maintain a professional appearance on the site. Therefore, schools ban teachers from using their profiles to promote themselves or their projects. The goal is for them to use the page to communicate education-related information only.
Teachers are also required to log out of Facebook when they are not using the site for professional purposes. This ensures that they do not access their account illegally and helps prevent unnecessary conflicts between friends or family members and teachers.
Finally, schools need to ensure that they have appropriate policies in place before allowing teachers to use social media sites like Facebook. This includes clear guidelines on what types of activities are allowed and prohibited on these pages as well as consequences for violations of this nature.
Social media profiles exclusive to teachers are acceptable. Outside of regular business hours, do not contact with students. Field excursions would be an exception. Additionally, certain teachers may post content on social media sites related to their subjects. These posts could include photos, videos, or other types of content.
Outside of school days, teachers should have time to themselves. Social media can be a useful tool for sharing interesting articles, projects, or events from the classroom. It also allows them to give feedback to parents and students. However, excessive use of social media by teachers could lead them to neglect their own needs. For example, a teacher might spend all night posting on Twitter instead of sleeping.
Teachers should set good examples for students. If a teacher uses social media inappropriately by sending harassing messages or making derogatory comments about others, this would be detrimental to the development of students who look up to them.
Social media can be a useful tool for teachers to stay in touch with former students and share information with one another. However, if a teacher abuses this privilege by sending inappropriate messages during school hours, this would be counterproductive and should be stopped immediately.