When In Doubt, Go With the Dick Joke
We spent some quality time last night debating with ourself the best way to frame an Important Discussion about student rights in cyberspace, using three recent examples:
- A Pennsylvania school district being sued because it used webcam-equipped laptops to spy on students at home. (The district admits using the webcams as a “tracking-security feature,” but denies the spying.)
- A student winning a state case against a Florida school district that tried to punish her because she started a Facebook group called “Ms. Sarah Phelps is the worst teacher I’ve ever met!”
- A federal appeals court splitting decisions on two similar cases where students mocked their principals with fake MySpace profiles.
After considering whether to use Apple’s 1984 commercial to illustrate what would undoubtably be a fascinating discourse about the unintended consequences of modern technology, we came to a stunning realization: Suburban pornographic tree-stump carvings are a lot more amusing.
LMSD response to invasion of privacy allegation [Lower Merion School District, Pennsylvania]