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Aren’t the social networking rules against the law?

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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 12:00 am

Dear T2T: I just want to know what you all think about these new social networking rules the school is making us sign to do sports. Isn’t it against the law to get into our business like this? — Freedom of Speech

Response No. 1

We are very familiar with this problem at our school. We recently had a protest about it, which is what brought it to our attention. Personally, I do feel like it is a violation to our First Amendment rights and freedom of speech. Although, what I really think the problem about this policy is that it is too vaguely written. What the district is trying to get at is a cyber bullying contract, but that is not what we feel they came off as. We totally agree with trying to stop cyber bullying, or any kind of bullying. It’s horrible for any kid to come to school scared to face certain people. We understand the attempt, but we don’t think it should go as far as it has. The students who protested at our school went to the district board meeting and presented their concerns. Although, no change is being made immediately, they are working towards re-writing the policy and making it more clear. But until then, us students have to sign it no matter what to participate in the activities such as sports and clubs. And for now, monitor what you say online. Just make sure that whatever you write cannot be twisted to indicate any sort of guilt. Remember, be careful, what goes online, can never be deleted.

Response No. 2

Although it is freedom of speech, as a player on a team or employee, you represent your team and/or job. Taking this into consideration, note that social media sites are public so it’s not an invasion of privacy. Depending on how the Lodi Unified School District enforces these rules, it may be considered a violation of the Constitution by Freedom of Press. Notice that some rules in the new social networking contract are vague, so if there is a discrepancy (or question), clarify what is considered appropriate with your administration.

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