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Could my profile land me in trouble at school? What if I bump into a student?
Secret teacher: online dating is like taking an exam
Dating poses more questions than a multiple-choice test. Dating can be a minefield — and for a single teacher, especially so.
Dating is like searching for a house: it becomes a second job and takes a huge amount of time and effort to, er, seal the deal. Even one date a week is tough. This is tricky because teachers always have to be careful about what they share online.
Most make the decision to completely lock down any social media profiles to ensure that, as far as possible, no parent, pupil and maybe even colleague is privy to any of it. I even find myself second guessing the list of likes and dislikes: if I add mojitos to my list of loves, will I come across as irresponsible?
If I put Monday mornings on my list of hates, does that speak badly about my job? Statistics are probably on my side here, but to eliminate the possibility, there are some questions I ask early on after matching.
These include whether they have children and where they live roughly. Location is also an issue. That happened to friend of mine recently, when a parent came into the bar that she and her date were in.
Should you manage to get through all of this, find a suitable person, go on some dates without bumping into a pupil or falling asleep at the table, and actually get serious, there is one final — major — hurdle to jump. If you work with children under 8, as I do, you have to keep the disqualification by association guidance in the back of your mind. If someone in your household is disqualified from registration as care provider or would beyou may also be disqualified by association.
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