Should schools monitor parents' Facebook?

Posted on 2014-08-29
Last Modified: 2014-09-13

1. Should schools monitor parents' Facebook?

                                - or -

2. Should child be held responsible for parent?

Parent violates school 'code of conduct' - Aug 27, 2014 - CNN - Video by WRTV

A Florida mom said her 4-year-old son was expelled from his preschool over a message she posted on her personal Facebook page.

The next morning, the school called her in for a meeting. AUGUST 27, 2014

'picture day': I had mentioned that they didn’t give enough notice
“Well we put it in his folder”

"Why would you expel a 4-year-old over something his mom posts on her private Facebook page only people on her friends list can see.”

The principal was contacted for a comment but has yet to issue a response.
Question by:SunBow
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    Nothing to see here... It is a private school, they can do as they see fit.

    Ask any teacher, and they will tell you that dealing with the parents can and probably is more exhausting than the students. This private school probably has a waiting list (as most private schools do), so if she didn't appreciate the efforts they took - there is a long list of others who will.

    Timothy Ferris from the 4-Hour work week hit the nail on the head in his book. He said something along the lines of, "If 10% of your clients takes up 90% of your time - drop them, as they aren't worth your time... focus on getting more clients like the 90% who only take 10% of your time."

    Private schools generally have much more parent/teacher interaction, and this woman clearly wasn't someone they wanted to deal with on a regular basis. My guess is when they confronted her, she got defensive and it escalated... so they cut the cord.

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