My sister-in-law prompted an interesting conversation over sausage and pierogi yesterday morning, in response to a question I asked in Facebook last week:
Does a school district have the right to scan students’ Facebook pages and assign consequences to those that express dislike for certain teachers or use profanity in any way?
Linda Clinton tossed this question over to the Edjurist for response. Many of my colleagues question the ethics behind such behavior, and when the question came up yesterday, I wasn’t surprised when my husband and sister-in-law expressed their outrage as well. But Kate raised another point, and I’d like to share it here and get your perspective on it, if I could. She wondered how possible it might be that the current generation of young people–the kids who have grown up photographed, videotaped, blogged, Facebooked, and perpetually socially connected–might not be as aware of or sensitive to their rights to privacy. And if this is the case, is it possible that they might be less likely to defend those rights?
I think this is an important consideration.
So. What do you think?
Is it possible that our children might be far more comfortable having this right infringed upon?
Is it important for us to attend to this in some way?