Do students have any privacy rights on social networking sites?
Most teenagers today have a Facebook, MySpace or Twitter page to stay in touch with new and old friends. They have the option of keeping their messages limited to their “private” list of friends or going public with them.
Does your teen think that what they do on their computer at home is private and their school has no say? Can they be disciplined at school for something they said online or in a text message? What about creating a fake profile critical of a teacher – even if they didn’t send it to him or her? Should they expect an email sent to a few friends to stay private?
There is no question that students have free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution. In 1969, the Supreme Court said that students and teachers don’t “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” [Tinker v. Des Moines School District] But free speech is not an unlimited right. For example, you can’t stand up in a crowded theater and yell “Fire!” and hope to get away with it.
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