New York Times article discusses online speech due to cyberbullying cases

Online cyber bullying off-campus is challenging the balance of free speech online and in schools.  Administrators dealing with upset parents are put in positions of exploring disruptions at school caused by mocking YouTube videos and Facebook comments from teens in their critical years of social development.  Parents are seeking support from school administrators to resolve many of the conflicts, but school administrators are debating how much off-campus speech can be addressed by school authority.

Online Bullies Pull Schools Into the Fray,” from the June 27 New York Times, seems like a prescient article for online scholastic journalism, especially since cases that test First Amendment rights in school are being used to make decisions.  “The Supreme Court has not yet addressed online student speech,” but lower court cases are accumulating, according to the article. What are your thoughts?

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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