When Public Schools Become Big Brother
But one Connecticut town is stepping over a huge line. In my opinion of course. The Wallingford, Connecticut Board of Education has put a proposal on the table that would monitor the usage of student’s social media outlets outside of school.
Which I find to be a double edged sword.
On one hand, if it is being used for harassment or bullying, or impacting their in school performance (as in using it during school hours or in school) it is the right of the school to step in with some kind ofproper punishment. But once those students step outside of the building they become the responsibility of their parents.
While I don’t think that students should be bashing teachers or posing threats online. I also find it to be completely natural and normal to complain about school.WE ALL DID IT! Go back to your years in high school. How many times did you insist a teacher sucked because of a test you may not have done well on? Or you may not have meshed with a teacher personally. It happens. These are all normal parts of school for children.
But here is what pisses me off.
Not only does it strip the freedom of speech from these students, but it also can and most likely will turn into discipline for actions the school has no business stepping in on.
I would be livid if I found out my son’s schools were acting as “big brother” and following their every move online. It is a violation of privacy and rights.
While social media and the internet is still a huge gray area when it comes to the law, one thing is for sure. Rules like this should not be implemented or accepted because of the long term impacts and effects they will have on social media as a whole.