Behind the Headline: Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet
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Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet
10/29/13 | New York Times
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Summer 2013 | Education Next
Principals have many tools they can use to monitor how their students are behaving online. But can — or should — they punish students for their online behavior? In the Summer 2013 issue of Education Next, Josh Dunn and Martha Derthick looked at the legal issues involved. They explain
In a recent wave of cases, lower federal courts have reached contradictory conclusions about school officials’ authority to punish students’ speech in social media, raising difficult questions about the applicability of today’s First Amendment doctrine to online speech. The Supreme Court has declined three times to review off-campus speech cases but is likely to be drawn in eventually.