Schools should be allowed to limit students online speech because it could negatively impact how  a teacher manages their classroom it could be used to violate civil rights and can also furthermore cause problems of bullying. Schools often lead to many problems when it comes to bullying because there can be threats and harassment going on around the school and can interfere with the learning from students. There is restrictions that schools soul dplace when students use social media on campus such as only using it when is needed for educational purposes. There are three main reasons why schools should limit students online speech: It could negatively impact how a teacher manage their classroom; it could be used to violate civil rights and it could also cause furthermore problems of bullying.

One reason why schools should limit students online speech is to prevent how negatively a teacher could impact how managing their classroom. In a study conducted by the Cyberbullying Research Center, we learn that here has been many teachers that have been bullied and it has affected them.. This evidence helps explain why schools should limit students online speech, on the survey it is shown that 15% of teachers have been cyberbullied and over 115 teachers have been affected by bullying.

A second reason why schools should limit students online speech is to stop students from violating other people’s civil rights. In a statement submitted to the congressional subcommittee Hearing on Cyber Bullying, the ACLU wrote that a twelfth grade student created a discussion group online and caused a classmate of being sexually promiscuous. This evidence helps explain why students should limit online speech because kids online were accusing others and violating their civil rights.

Finally third reason why schools should limit students online speech is because it can further lead to different problems of bullying. In a letter written to school administrators, the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights asserted that cyberbullying can often lead to many verbal acts. This evidence helps explain why schools should limit students online speech because online bullying can lead to other verbal or physical actions.

Some people might think that students should have a total right to free of speech. They could argue that students have the right to post whatever they want on their own time. However there is a reason to disagree. Schools should be allowed to limit students online speech because it could negatively impact how a teacher manages their classroom, it could be used to violate civil rights and it can also furthermore problems of bullying.

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4 Comments
  1. Alexis DiGregorio 1 year ago

    Carla,
    I think you make some good points, I agree that students can easily be cyberbullies and that schools need to do something to monitor this. I like how you provided three separate pieces of evidence to support your claim, they all did a good job of showing real life issues that could be solved through stricter regulations on what we share online. However, while I agree with you, how do you think limiting students online speech would affect their first amendment rights. Could it lead to discrimination by preventing certain issues from being discussed online? Could you think of a way to prevent cyberbullying while still protecting a students right to speech? Overall, thank you for sharing your writing, I really enjoyed reading what you had to say!

  2. Amy 1 year ago

    Hi Carla, overall I agree with your post and I think you have made a good argument. I like that you broke your argument down into three main parts, and analyzed each one separately. In particular, I thought it was interesting that you talked about teachers being victims of cyber bullying because I have never thought about that before. You might like the following article because it talks a lot about relevant court cases regarding the extent to which schools are allowed to limit students’ First Amendment right to free speech: https://theconversation.com/what-are-the-limits-to-free-speech-in-schools-49545. Overall, I really enjoyed this post and I would like to know what you think of the Tinker Supreme Court case.

  3. Joseph 1 year ago

    Carla,
    I think this is an interesting post. I think it is very true that students are prone to cyberbullying and it should be stopped. This will most definitely lead those students affected to feel excluded in their own school. However, a public school that follows all rules given to other public schools have to abide by students’ rights of free speech. This begs the question: if teachers were to limit students speech online in hopes of decreasing cyberbullying, could they possibly cross a student’s right to free speech if they choose to pursue a different issue that doesn’t regard cyberbullying?

    I think this is a topic that has a lot of different view points. I have posted a link at the end of this comment which you may find interesting, as in involves an idea to limit cyberbullying without the issue I have posted above.

    https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/prevention/index.html

  4. Yesenia 1 year ago

    Dear Carla
    I agree with your post, ‘Should Schools be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech,’ because cyberbullying could cause the victim to lose their self confidence. Cyberbullying could also affect how well teachers perform in the classroom.
    One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is ‘ over 115 teachers have been affected by bullying’ because its not only the students that are victims of cyberbullying it’s also the teachers. The teachers might not feel as comfortable going to school and teaching a classroom.
    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it was interesting reading about this.
    -Yesenia

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