Seeking Counsel: The Trouble with Texting Teachers

By Susan Tudor Crowther

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous. However, another menace is lurking out there -- inappropriate texting between educators and students.

Recently, a school administrator commented that it seems that more and more teachers are reported for sexual relationships with students. This person wondered whether these incidents really were increasing, or if they were just getting caught more frequently.

The former may be true but the latter definitely is, too. The reason is largely due to the new ways in which we communicate. Now, more than ever, teachers are communicating with students via text messages, and it is not always about school.

Such texting often starts about school and may become playful as the teacher bonds with his or her students. Sometimes, though, these communications go far afield of appropriateness, even to the point of discussing inappropriate actions.

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