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Cyberbullying: Should Schools Police Students' Social Media Accounts?

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The Glendale, Calif., school district hired a firm to monitor students' social media accounts and prevent cyberbullying. Critics say it could chill student speech and lead to unintended legal consequences.

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Danuta W (1250)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:06 am

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Wednesday September 18, 2013, 4:10 am

Stephen Brian (23)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 11:53 am
It is on very dangerous ground. Ideally, the school would monitor the social media-accounts, but limit its responses to take no punitive action based directly upon its findings as anything beyond school-grounds is beyond its jurisdiction. That is not going to happen. Even if it made that a matter of policy, punitive "preventative" measures will be taken. People have talked here about the "School-to-prison pipeline", but harassment beyond the bounds of the law outside of school (and, strictly speaking, in school) is a police-matter and should be handled by appropriate authorities.

S S (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 12:02 pm
Thank you.

David C (129)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 1:21 pm
not sure schools should, but I wish parents would do a better job of monitoring their children and teaching them courteous and friendship behaviors....

. (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 1:36 pm
No. They should leave the students alone about their social media.

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 2:34 pm
No, that is not their job. These kids have parents and it is their responsibility. I feel so lucky to have a kid who was a nerd who did not concern herself with the things that adolescents go through.

Roger G (154)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:17 pm
noted, thanks

. (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:24 pm
Glendale crossed a line. Where does parential responsibility come into play? The schools are making themselves responsible where the parents should be the first line of taking note of their child's actions.

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:59 pm
Sure would surprise some parents into acknowledgeing what their "angels" are up to. What if it was YOUR kid who is being bullied? Throws things into a differant light doesn't it? Is it possible to have cyber restraining orders? Any kid caught bullying another should have their computer/ ipad taken away by their parents..but, many parents want to "friend" their kid and not be a responsible parent having to live with their pissed off and pouting teenager.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 7:59 pm

Cyber bullying is a very serious problem. The Parents should be the ones keeping tabs on their Children.
I can understand their concern, but the School is run by Teachers. It would give them information about their Students that they should not have. Some pedophiles have been found working in schools. Blackmailing would give them another way in which to find additional victims.

Children need to be taught to report all instances of bullying. Whether online, or off. Schools are supposed to be for learning, not spying. :(

Maybe there should be a Law requiring Parents to monitor their Children? Children have been known to commit suicide over bullying, cyber and real-time. I can see why they would want to step in, and get involved, but I believe that they should start with teaching the Parents, and move forward from there.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }


Monika K (13)
Friday September 20, 2013, 11:06 am
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