Why Teachers Should NOT Share Their Phone Number With Students

I stumbled across this the other day on We Are Teachers, and found it to be amusing enough to be worth sharing. We’ve all seen the awesome autocorrect posts that show how sometimes technology bites back at us a bit (I think by now we’ve probably all fallen victim to being unnecessarily or incorrectly autocorrected by our dear friend Siri or her equivalent). While funny and potentially horrifying to those accidentally texting improper words, those can often be attributed to some human error and occasionally overzealous technology (Side note: Dear Siri, we’re and were are two different words, and I use them both, often).

Another type of human error that may cause horrifying text messages is your number getting into the wrong hands – ie, your students’ hands. Check out five amazing texts from students that will help remind you why sharing your phone number with students can be 100% the wrong thing to do. There are lots of anonymous messaging services that will work great in your classroom – put them to use! (And enjoy these classic texts below).

all images via We Are Teachers


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  1. R. Mohan

    June 7, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Hi I just checked this page. Yes I am agree with you, it is never a good practice to share contact details with students.

  2. Chris Byron

    June 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Ya, I lead weekly excursions and numerous overnight trips. We often communicate via texting if there are some on trip issues – sweep has a problem, someone took a wrong turn, etc.

    I’ve never had an issue with kids using my cell # at a bad time.

  3. Christopher Norton

    June 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Duh. Humorous but if any teacher does not already have enough common sense to know this, well then …I have a personal phone, email, website, etc and professional. The two never mix, and have different protocols. Anyway, I enjoyed the humor because of its verisimilitude.

  4. Kathy

    June 8, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I give my number on a business card and my homepage to students and parents. When you establish protocols many of the above examples never occur. This is an opportunity to teach responsibility and resourcefulness to our students. I want my students contacting me when they don’t understand the information. The Remind101 service helps to distribute clarifications once you’ve had 2 calls on the same topic. Learning shouldn’t stop once you leave the walls of your classroom.

  5. Katie

    June 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I give and have students cell numbers. I’m an FFA advisor. If I don’t have their number I would search aimlessly for them at contests with hundreds of students, conventions. I couldn’t get a hold of them during the summer to see about their livestock projects they have. They couldn’t get a hold of me either. I wouldn’t be able to do my job as efficiently or as well. I really don’t think it’s fair to say its 100% wrong thing to do. Maybe it’s not necessary if you’re just a classroom teacher but if you run any sort of extracurricular I would argue it’s almost 100% necessary.

  6. Punit

    June 24, 2014 at 6:17 am


    I think number can be shared nothing harm in that. Only we need to work life balance. We can maintain 2 numbers one for work & one for home both numbers should strictly be meant for the same purpose only.

  7. Yusep

    July 15, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    I agree. Never share our private phone number to students. There is more disadvantage than advantages. If we want to stay connect to our students, we could use another ways.

  8. zabo

    July 22, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Hi it is not a good idea to share a private cell number with students

  9. Luke

    August 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    To be honest, I am a student. But I think in the right case, a teacher should let a student have their phone number, follow them on Instagram, etc. My teacher is one of my best friends, he’s my role model. I think, OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, the teacher should be able to communicate with the student. This is because outside of school, the teacher is just a regular person. The teacher and student and teacher should be able to be friends, NOT SEXUAL, outside of school. If the student needs to contact the teacher about school-related subjects, the student can contact the teacher by a school-given email or other way, but when the teacher and student are just being friends, the teacher has no need to use a school phone number or email. This is because the teacher should be treated like a normal person outside of school. A 1st grade teacher goes to my church, but I can still have her phone number, because we aren’t talking about school-related subjects. My teacher has had such a huge impact on my life, and I think we should be able to talk as friends not being monitored by a school email. This is unfair in my opinion. If a student has the teacher’s phone number, they shouldn’t talk about school things. I understand the divide between the two. If I had my teachers nu!Ber, I would only talk to him in a friendly way. Again, NOT SEXUAL. All these things say the teacher can’t give a student their phone number because of these reasons, but a teacher is ,again, a normal person. So the student and teacher should be able to be friends, I believe. Do you understand my situation?