Just how free is freedom of speech? Under the first amendment in the constitution, congress is not allowed to make a law abridging or limiting the freedom of speech. However, the supreme court has placed certain limits on the freedom which makes the right to free speech not absolute. In modern society, technology has now become a way for many to communicate with one another. Schools have even integrated technology technology within classrooms. Students have and use many social media platforms to not only communicate with one another, but to also express themselves and their own opinions. Students online speech should be limited because cyberbullying is a widespread problem, suicide is a reality, and it negatively impacts the learning environment.
Students online speech should be limited because cyberbullying is a widespread problem. In a study conducted by the Cyberbullying Research Center, 16.6% of males and 25.1% of females surveyed have been cyberbullied in their lifetime. Although this percentage is half of those asked, it is a lot. According to the graph also shown in this study, 17.5% of males and 21.3% of females have cyber bullied others in their lifetime. When these percentages are conjoined for each group, more than a quarter of the people surveyed have either been cyberbullied or have cyberbullied somebody else in their lifetime. This is alarming. These numbers should not be that high. Cyberbullying is bad and shouldn’t be occurring at all. When something is said to target one specific person with the goal of making them look bad that is not moral. This is why cyberbullying is a widespread problem and students online speech should be limited.
Students online speech should be limited because suicide is a reality. According to a case called K.K. v. Berkeley County schools, a 12th grade student was targeted and accused of being sexually promiscuous. A group was created and over 100 people were invited to join the group. Although this student did not commit suicide all factors could have lead to a successful suicide attempt. She was being humiliated and insulted for actions she does at her own free will. The other students should have not targeted her for her own personal life, that was not interfering with school environment in the first place. It was no one’s place to tell her anything or to bully her. Suicide is a realty and because of this students online speech should be limited.
Students online speech should be limited because it negatively impacts the learning environment. In a joint press release from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers and teacher support network, almost 16% of teachers bullied have reduced their productivity or teaching effectiveness. This is caused by what students are saying online which is affecting the teachers. This is affecting the way a teacher manages their class and in the end will hurt the student academically. Of the teachers surveyed 44.2% claim that the perpetrator of this cyberbullying has been a pupil. It is wrong that students are hurting the people who are only trying to help them. Teachers are helpers and should not be treated in this manner and should be respected.
Many take advantage of the platforms that they are exposed to and use them to target or harass other individuals. Cyberbullying is a widespread problem, suicide is a reality, and it negatively impacts the learning environment which is why students online speech should be limited.