Social Media, Students, and the Law
Social media has changed the way we live our lives. From the way we get our news to the way we interact with our loved ones, social media is everywhere. It’s unavoidable, it’s powerful and it’s here to stay.
1. Social Media Use
2. Escalation of Cyberbullying
3. The School’s Legal Authority Pertaining to Off-Campus Student Expression
3.1. Student Threats
3.2. Peer Harassment under Federal Civil Rights Laws
3.3. State Antibullying Laws
the repeated use by one or more students or school staff members… of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture or any combination thereof, directed at a victim that: [i]causes emotional or physical harm to the victim or damage to the victim’s property; [ii] places the victim in reasonable fear of harm to himself or of damage to his property; [iii] creates a hostile environment at school for the victim; [iv] infringes on the rights of the victim at school; or [v] materially and substantially disrupts the education process of the orderly operation of a school. For the purposes of this section, bullying shall include cyberbullying. (Massachusetts General Laws chp. 71 §§ 37O 2020)
3.4. The Supreme Court and Student Off-Campus Expression
4. Future Directions
4.1. Legal Guidance
4.2. Suggestions for School Personnel
Institutional Review Board Statement
Informed Consent Statement
Data Availability Statement
Conflicts of Interest
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