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Is It Okay For Teachers To Watch Student’s Social Media Pages?

Donecia Blount

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Is It Okay For Teachers To Watch Student’s Social Media Pages?

By: Donecia Blount

At Phoenix Military Academy , numerous of students have been penalized for what they post on their social media pages. Who knew that what you post out of school, on your own time could come back and bite you in the behind. School staff and teachers should not be able to bring what students post on their pages back to the school unless it is a safety thing.

Students have the right of Freedom of Speech , so we should be able to post what we would like without worrying about it getting brought up at the school. Now I understand part of school’s job is to make sure all their students are safe whether it is in school, outside the school, or online websites.

Therefore, if something is brought to their attention and it is threatening it should be brought back to school and the student should suffer minor consequences depending on the nature of the problem. But if students are freely speaking their mind and it is not bringing harm to others, there should be no consequences and it shouldn’t even be spoken about to them because that’s against their freedom of speech, granted by the First Amendment.

Teachers should only be allowed to penalize students about what they post on their social media pages if it is a life threatening situation. If not they should leave it alone. Some adults don’t understand how teenagers and social media websites work. Teachers are violating students freedom of speech by punishing them for speaking their minds on their own page.

Senior Santone Hicks got 10 detentions for sharing another student’s offensive post about a young female and his said “ You ain’t nothing”. In teens eyes it simply means that he shouldn’t have posted that about her and Cadet Hicks was sticking up for the young teen in a way. He admitted that if it didn’t have anything to do with him he should have left it alone. But, he did have a right to post or share what he wanted as long as he wasn’t encouraging it because that would be cyber bullying.

What we, as teenagers, might think is funny and harmless, could be something serious to adults.  So I advise teachers to just stay off social media websites unless it is brought up to them.

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Is It Okay For Teachers To Watch Student’s Social Media Pages?