Should Coaches Be Allowed to "Follow" Student-Athletes on Twitter? Fan's View

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Some would call it technological progress and others would say it's just creepy.

If your high school coach uses Twitter and "follows" you on the popular social media networking site, he or she may have some very valid reasons in doing so.

Twitter is a great way to keep up with the scope of what is going on in people's everyday lives, and to stay abreast of breaking news in the community.

When your coach follows you on Twitter, chances are they are just making sure you're not posting any inappropriate content that can get you in trouble.

There are a lot more coaches on Twitter than there are on Facebook, as it's less of a privacy invasion.

Coaches probably shouldn't friend students on Facebook, because that represents a far deeper connection than just following someone on Twitter.

Following someone on Twitter has more to do with sharing a similar interest with someone, rather than actually being friends with them. In my estimation, that would make it fair for a coach to follow their student-athletes on Twitter.

Twitter is a fast medium to transmit messages, so it can be a useful method for posting game recaps, articles, photos and to share news with student-athletes and parents.

The way I see it, Twitter is more for business and to "promote" something, while Facebook is a private way to communicate with friends.

But on May 1, the New York City Department of Education passed a policy banning the city's public school teachers from interacting with students through personal social media accounts.

This prohibits teachers from using their non-classroom affiliated Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts to contact students. "The policy will help prevent inappropriate situations and help keep student-teacher relationships professional in the long run," says a ucsdguardian.org report.

Policies like the one recently implemented in New York City are popping up across the country, but what remains to be seen is how they will be enforced.

The policy is also quite vague, as it doesn't specify whether teachers are allowed to use their Facebook or Twitter accounts to keep in touch with former students.

Should coaches be allowed to communicate with student-athletes on Twitter? Let me know in the comments.

Eric Holden has been covering Long Island high school sports since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.

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