We always used to rant about teachers when we were at school. And surely if Facebook had existed back then I’m sure some of those comments would have been posted there for friends to see and comment on. These days Facebook pages are often where students let of steam after a hard day with friends and family. It’s getting easier for schools and teachers to see and read those messages and then on punish kids for what they have written. Is this right or wrong? A judge in the US has been trying to pass on how wrong it is to punish children for comments written on their own Facebook page, after one Minnesota middle school went a little bit too far. The case involved a 12-year-old girl who used Facebook to insult the hall monitor, writing “[I hate] a Kathy person at school because [Kathy] was mean to me.” The girl also used the social media site to talk about “naughty things” with a boy. When one of her classmates told on her, the girl wrote on her own Facebook wall, “I want to know who the f%$# told on me.” Which led to three school officials, including a counsellor and a taser-wearing cop, to interrogate her in an office until the sobbing girl handed over her Facebook password? They then proceeded to go through her Facebook and email accounts to find the “naughty” conversation she had with the boy. Is it right for schools to take passwords from children to access their accounts and when will we see something like this happen in the UK?
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September 19th, 2012 | Uncategorized | Charlie | Comments Off