One of the most disgusting things that the Internet has helped foster is cyberbullying. One of the worst types of cyberbullying is when angry immature children (who are probably pretty bad students) take to the Internet to bash their teacher, an adult. Sadly, the immature parents of those immature children often participate.
In North Carolina, the state is helping teachers fight back.
As a student, hate your teacher for a bad grade all you want (though, it is your fault you got a bad grade – try studying for a change), but do not take your words to the Internet. I promise you, it will backfire on you and you will be punished in some way later in life… not to mention it is just an evil terrible thing to do.
As a parent, you should be very concerned that your child is bullying a teacher online. Use PC Pandora to make sure your child is a) not being a jerk to an adult online and b) not doing something that will later come back and haunt them…
And please don’t kid yourself… this is not an issue of freedom of speech. This is an issue of slander, and the rights of a teacher to not be harassed online vs. the rights of a student to exhibit reprehensible behavior. If a teacher did this about their students (and trust me, more teacher than you think would if they could), they would be tossed in jail. Why then does the child get a free ride? Time to change the landscape, folks… it’s called morality and respect.
September 17, 2012
Teachers Fight Online Slams
Amid Free-Speech Concerns, Law Targets Comments That ‘Torment’ Faculty
By Steve Eder, Wall Street Journal
After years spent trying to shield students from online bullying by their peers, schools are beginning to crack down on Internet postings that disparage teachers.
Schools elsewhere in the U.S. have punished the occasional tweeter who hurls an insult at a teacher, but North Carolina has taken it a step further, making it a crime for students to post statements via the Internet that “intimidate or torment” faculty. Students convicted under the law could be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished with fines of as much as $1,000 and/or probation.
The move is one of the most aggressive yet by states to police students’ online activities. While officials have long had the ability to regulate student speech at school, the threat of cyberbullying teachers, which typically occurs off-campus, has prompted efforts to restrain students’ use of the Internet on their own time. CONTINUE READING›