An important purpose of our government, as stated in the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution is ensuring domestic tranquility. The President of the U.S. plays an important role in ensuring our government’s a
I am Inspired by your post, “Schools Should be Allowed to Limit Students’ Online Speech,” because I agree with your input about how students’ online speech can cause cyber bulling. Cyber bullying can be difficult to control, but we have to start somewhere.
One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is, “If you give a student…[Read more]
How far does our First Amendment protect students? This is a question that does not have a defined answer yet. Many people believe students speech should be limited. Such as in the Tinker v. Des Moines case, the
I am intrigued with your essay about online speech because you started with a strong hook and followed with a good thesis. Your essay was clear and easy to read with proper grammar. You also include your sources very well and explain them thoroughly. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ” Essentially, schools limiting students’ online speech is an unrealistic goal.” I think with is powerful because it shows that it really is a goal that will not be achievable as much as people want. I understand your point of there bascially being too big of a goal to all of a sudden throw out a goal. Thanks your your writing. I look foward to seeing what you write next because I also have the same idea as you. You explain very well why the online speech should not be restricted. –Alexis Gutierrez
Dear, Jennifer I agree with what you want to prove with this post and image. Should Schools be allowed to limit students’ online speech? because people have there right but to a extent were they see your point. The image shows a lot because a lot of people feel like they can’t speak. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “victims of cyberbullying and 38.6% shows that it has had no effects on them.” Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it showed that people do look forward to it. You also write really good.
The censorship in online forums of students is something public schools have a limited ability to do. Unlike private schools, students do not sign a release stating that they wave many of their constitutional rights, including that of free and unlimited speech on any platform. However, since the Morse v. Frederick, 2007 case, schools are in fact able to limit speech of a student when it is speech that goes against the agreed upon school policies (https://judiciallearningcenter.org/your-1st-amendment-rights/).
When it comes to cyberbullying, it is not so much the teachers that the schools need to worry about, but rather the students. Teachers are more likely going to be better able to cope with online abuse than students are. Teachers often have support groups that are stronger than what students have because of the relationships they built through college. Teachers are going to have the higher statistic of coping better, but students are going to be more endanger emotional and physical harm. It is also a trend in which students who are cyberbullied are more likely to be bullied in school (https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2011.300308). Students who were either victims of cyberbullying or also the offenders, are more likely to have suicidal thoughts along with attempting to take their life (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13811118.2010.494133).
The other problem of cyberbullying and online speech being entirely unlimited for students is that it may be pushing students to begin using drugs and alcohol. Both of which can permanently damage a growing brain. Schools do have the authority to discipline a child who is using drugs against their policy, however, the drug use may be rooted in a cyberbullying incident and becomes the coping mechanism for that student. When this happens, schools may often be looking just to get rid a of a “druggie” rather than providing the support that the student may need and allowing the problem to continue (https://cyberbullying.org/cyberbullying-and-substance-use).
Although public schools cannot regulate speech when it does not cause a disturbance, they do have the authority to stop a student from placing another student in a situation that may cause them to take their life. The Supreme Court has come to the decision that when speech becomes a threat to security and a person’s life, the school may appropriately discipline a student. Online content posted by a student that places another student in situations that will cause him or her to attempt to take their life, self harm, abuse substances, etc. should be within a public school’s jurisdiction in that the school may help to actually save a life.
This is a youth-powered publishing platform that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other’s work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it’s been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
There are over 8,000 posts and over 13,000 comments by young people on the site on topics as diverse as the American Dream, Shakespeare, and sports as well as original poems and stories.
Youth Voices is a platform for youth to write about their interests, both in school and outside of school: what they are reading, what their hobbies or future careers might be, what they enjoy in their spare time. Like all of us, students follow our national leadership and form opinions. They are also welcome to write about those topics as well.
Youth Voices is fully non-partisan and welcomes youth of all types, from all regions, and with all viewpoints. Educators support youth in writing and thoughtfully responding to each other through the use of commenting guides, using tags to show common interests, playlists to support self-guided inquiry; opinions expressed by writers are their own.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.