As social networking web sites such as Facebook and MySpace become increasingly popular channels for student communication, schools are struggling to define the rules for whether, and how, it's appropriate for teachers to interact with their students through these media.

Proponents of using online social networks to reach students say it makes sense to go where students are already spending much of their time online. But others fear that educators' use of these sites encroaches on students' online "turf" and could cross the boundary of acceptable social behavior between teachers and their students.

Online social networks are still too new for many


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