Schools and districts are developing policies governing online and other electronic communication between teachers and students, even as some teachers are setting their own rules. Sacramento, Calif., high-school teacher Jennifer Kennedy refuses all Facebook friend requests from students until after they graduate, but she acknowledges a need for balanced policies on the issue. "We have a generation of kids who communicate this way," Kennedy said. "If you say absolutely no Facebook or texting, you are cutting off an important relationship with students."

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