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GEORGETOWN, Del.- In this ever changing digital age, text messaging, email and social media has become the standard for many when communicating.  But using those various forms of communication outside of the classroom may lead to some dangerous "gray areas" for teachers and students.

Receiving a text message and responding have almost become an impulsive action for many of us.  But acting on impulse may be the cause of some potential problems.

"This can be everything from answering a text when you shouldn't which is what distracted driving is. Or, sending something you shouldn't which is often the case with sexting or when politicians get caught," said Brooke Warner, the general manager and vice president of Draper Digital Media.

Politicians, or in the latest instance - educators. A recent incident involving a Sussex Tech High School accused of allegedly sending sexually explicit texts to an underage student is not the first time an educator has crossed a line and it probably will not be the last.  That is why many districts are implementing social media policies like the one at the Delmar School District.

"The policy provides guidelines but common sense. If you're using your cellphone to communicate while you're traveling with your team, if you're traveling out of state, obviously for safety measures and precautions, it's good.  However, keep in mind who you're dealing with and what you're communicating about," said Dr. David Ring, Delmar's superintendent of schools.

But other believe these policies may not be enough.

"I think it should be stuck in the school system, you know, during school hours.  You shouldn't have a personal relationship with kids outside of school," said Dorcia Martin, a mother of two in Georgetown, Del.

Texting and social media will continue to evolve and it will be up to the school districts to keep up.

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