The Politics of Policing MySpace

“The past few years have seen an explosion in the number of schools taking to the web to find out what students are saying and doing. And punishment has followed,” reports Salon. But is penalizing young people for postings on social networking sites fair, or even constitutional? Some experts, like Mark Goodman of Student Press Law Center, say the law and the first amendment is on the students’ side, and that it is parents’ role to discipline teens for what they’re doing online, not the schools’. Others argue that it’s only to be expected that young people may face consequences resulting from their online postings.