972. When a staff/students wants to be friends on a social site

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You have a new friend request!

Oh cool, and as you check it out you realize it’s a staff member that works for you.  Do you really want to have them looking at your information?  Unless you have some secret double life where does the lie get drawn?  Yes we get along at work and I’m all about the positive work environment and fostering affluent communication, but on a social site?  To add or not to add?  What a tricky decision, more so declined.

For the educators out there (teachers, camp counselors, professors) when students want to befriend you, the question does pop in your head, but a student from say you babysat or taught in camp some 5 years ago that is now grown up? Yowsers, makes you feel a bit old – how awful is that?!