By: Logan Moore
New State Social Media Policy
As most of us have heard by now, a new state-wide policy regarding social media has been passed and is now being enforced. What is it? The policy basically states that any form of harassment through a social networking website towards a student or staff member of the school that disrupts the education process is now being considered a punishable offense, even if the harassment was done outside of school.
Some may feel that this goes against their rights as an American, or they just don’t feel comfortable with strangers monitoring their profile. Is this concern really valid? I don’t think so. If someone is nervous about what they put on Twitter, Facebook, the ghost town of MySpace, or other social media sites, why are they putting it on there in the first place? Everything entered on the internet is up for people to see and judge someone on.
I believe this new policy is an “It’s about time” moment. Why should someone get away with bullying another student while hiding behind the curtain of the internet? The answer is, they shouldn’t. Cyber bullying is a popular method of bullying others now, and since this is the case, schools should be monitoring it just the same as they do in-school bullying.