Be that as it may, schools are calling for social media usage policies.
Hmm... it raises an interesting question; a few, actually:
- Do public schools, as government endeavours, have the ability to censor, monitor, control, or otherwise limit student messages on social media, and if yes,
- Would such policies apply to students who are not at school, and, if yes,
- What other policies should apply to students at all times?
The first question is possibly the most critical, since government agencies are proscribed from making laws which abridge the freedom of speech. While the constitution does contain a Non-Compliance Clause, the uses of that clause are limited and such acts would be subject to review every five years. However... do those restrictions apply only to laws, or to all government policies? Certainly, many government employees are on Non-Disclosure Agreements, which would amend the same rights that allow for the use of social media. So... let's suppose such a policy isn't unconstitutional.
Your next problem is that students aren't that likely to use these services at the school - unless they feel like having their electronics confiscated or their network access rights revoked. This sort of cyber-bullying-style behaviour usually takes place after hours. Having school policies - even ones that are largely agreeable, apply when students are not in school is a sticky area for me. While I'm all for character education, citizenship/leadership courses, and all the rest of it, programs affecting your behaviour after class are largely voluntary.
Should we draw the line at social media policies? How about dress codes? Standards of behaviour?