Private schools are policing kids’ online behavior

Should schools police student conduct on the web, even if the conduct takes place off campus? Though most public school internet policies stop at the school door, some private schools are taking a broader view, reports the Detroit Free Press. At Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., the policy on internet usage says students can be held accountable for what they say or post online, even if the action occurs away from school. "I don’t think we are restricting people’s First Amendment rights," said John Birney, president of the private all-boys school. He acknowledged that it is probably easier for a private or parochial school to have a far-reaching policy, "but just like businesses have expectations of behavior for their employees, I think schools, the same way, have concerns. We think discipline is very important to our learning experience, to raise boys to be gentlemen." Fara Warner, a University of Michigan lecturer on internet communications, takes issue with the idea of a school disciplining students for off-campus web activities. "That’s sort of like censoring kids," Warner said But she said even college students are starting to be cautious about what they post online. "I think there has been quite a shift in my students that what you put on Facebook is public, and there are consequences," Warner said…

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