This article from the New York Times, “Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet,” speaks about school officials’ rights to monitor what students are posting online. The general argument is over the rights of the student officials to read and act on students’ social media or if that action by school officials violates the First Amendment rights of the students.
I personally believe that students need to realize that what they are posting on social media is public and therefore that gives anyone, including school officials, the ability to see what they are posting. Students, especially teenagers, need to be cautious about what they post online. But there is also the slippery slope of where the line is drawn in terms of punishment. So my question is:
Should school officials be allowed to punish students based on their social media? What are your thoughts?