ERIC Number: EJ784868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Free Speech in a MySpace World
Baule, Steven M.; Kriha, Darcy L.
Library Media Connection, v26 n5 p22-24 Feb 2008
In the potential shadow of a "Bong Hits for Jesus" banner, complicated student speech and discipline issues arise almost daily on the Internet. Whether it is a mock MySpace page set up to make fun of a teacher or a direct threat to an assistant principal, it is often unclear exactly where school ground discipline ends and student free speech rights begin. Ever since "Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District" (393 U.S. 503) was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1969--with its seminal holding that students do not leave their constitutional rights at the "school house gate"--administrators, teachers, parents, and students have continued to explore the scope of student free speech rights on school grounds and at school events. The Internet and advances in technology have dramatically changed the variables of student speech issues. In this article, the authors argue that in making decisions about student speech via the Internet, it is important to ensure that the necessary technology is in place to audit and secure the school's computer systems.
Descriptors: Campuses, Discipline, Freedom of Speech, Internet, School Personnel, Student Rights, Court Litigation, Computer Security
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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