Hi everyone, I'm looking for some opinions. I have a Facebook page, which pupils have been able to find as a result of searching on the site. My profile is protected by security settings meaning the pupils can see my name and may send a request to 'add me' subject to my agreement, but that is all. I have never accepted pupils' friend requests in the past; I've always deleted them and then spoken to the pupils in school the following day to tell them not to contact me via Facebook. On one occasion, and pupils contacted me during the school holidays asking if she could tell me a secret; I said no, that I'd have to pass on information she gave me and would have to inform the school that she had contacted me on FB. She went on to make a disclosure, so I informed the LA's child protection person. However, I had accepted the 'friend requests' of a few pupils from 2 or 3 years ago. I've set my profile so that they can't see very much (e.g they cannot view my photos, nor see my updates/status). Basically, they can see my name and profile picture, and may send me a message every once in a while. I grew bored of having to go through all the security settings each time I 'added' a pupil, so I decided to make a Facebook group for my ex-pupils to join - I'm leaving the school at the end of term and I've love to hear occasionally how some pupils are doing. The group I've set up allows pupils to join, after I have approved them, and allows them to leave message on the 'wall' but without being able to access my page directly nor send me a private message. However, I've recently read a GTC in investigation during which a teacher was reprimand for having contact with pupils on Facebook even after the pupils have left. What do you think about this? I appreciate that not everyone's an FB fan and therefore some may view this as a blessing. However, is there anything wrong with a teacher receiving/sending the occasional message from an ex pupils on FB? I've received a message from a pupils regarding a disclosure (which I appropriately passed on; the poor kid obviously needed someone to confide in during the hols, so found and contacted me), but have also received the odd message asking for advice from student taking my subject at A level, and once a child wanting to send me some artwork she'd done, as I'd always been a fan of hers whilst she was at school. Do you think that contact with ex-pupils is a no-no mattter what?