I agree. A Page or group on Facebook would be better than Friend requests.
I do not have kids, but I fail to see how sheltering them and trying to hide things from them actually helps them.
To clarify, the Parental contact was referring to the Emergency Contact part of the quote. If I had a kid, unless there were other motivators, I would not want to know about each and ever homework assignment or change there of.
In my opinion, the Common Sense rule applies here. There is no reason for a teacher to have students as Facebook friends. That is a personal site and it not affiliated with the school. If they want to have a social environment in school, use SharePoint or some other type of software that has administrative oversight. That removes any possibility of accidental slipping of personal information about the teacher getting to the students via some Facebook Privacy change. Which seems to happen often.
Quoted from Reuters:
"Plaintiffs have used and are using non-work-related social networking sites as an important avenue for contact with students, both during emergencies and for everyday educational issues, such as when a student has difficulty with a classroom assignment or identifying bullying," the lawsuit states
Shouldn't the contact be with the PARENTS of the children. If something is wrong with the school or the child, the parent should be contacted.
Another reason to have an open forum instead of personal social media. If one student is having a problem, there is going to be another with that or a similar problem. If the issue is brought up in open forum, the point will be offered to others and even help them understand on their own.
Student/Teacher email/face to face would be sufficient for bullying. Anyone remember the Facebook bullying of children lately?!
I had something similar happen back when I was using Avant Browser. I accidentally closed the Verizon FIOS web page and when I used the mouse gesture to reopen the last closed tab it loaded up to a Comcast page selling Internet Service. I did that about 4 or 5 times and it happened each time. I shot a video with my cell phone but I don't think it's of good resolution to see the URL of the page that was closed and that of the one that opened but you can see the images and page content clearly.