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ERIC Number: ED501249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-7
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 9
The Internet, Schools, and the Constitution: A Historical Analysis of Court Decisions
Waters, Kevin Stewart; Russell, William Benedict, III
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The Internet is a valuable educational tool being utilized in many classrooms today. However, Internet and computer policies restrict and limit how the Internet and computer can be used in a school. An Internet and computer policy typically limits students to use the Internet and computer for educational purposes. If a student violates this policy he/she will receive some type of disciplinary action. Courts have consistently ruled in favor of school districts policies that limit student use. However, there is inconsistency in courts with regard to punishment of students for improper use of the Internet at home. This article will examine and analyze various court cases related to student Internet use. When examining the authorities of schools to punish students for Internet actions, the courts have focused mainly on three monumental case decisions. These cases are Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District (1969), Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser (1986), and Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier (1988).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bethel School District 403 v Fraser; First Amendment; Fourth Amendment; Hazelwood School District v Kuhlmeier; Tinker v Des Moines Independent School District