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New York City Issues Social Media Guidelines For Public School Teachers

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City has issued its first social media guidelines for public school teachers.

The guidelines, which stop short of an outright ban, urge teachers to reject friend requests or other contact with students on their personal accounts.

Department of Education officials said there are no consequences for not abiding by the guidelines as long as other policies about appropriate contact are followed.

The department may also begin asking parents to sign consent forms before their children take part in social media activities and post their work or photographs online.

The department is planning to provide training sessions for teachers in how best to utilize social media in the classroom.

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