Students, Cyber-Bullying, & Online Free Speech

by on April 23, 2008 · 13 comments

Yesterday, I was a guest on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, which airs on WAMU 88.5 radio (Washington, DC’s NPR affiliate), and had the chance to take part in an excellent discussion about the ins-and-outs of student online speech. Specifically, we discussed the sticky issues surrounding online privacy, anonymity, defamation, cyber-bullying, and so on.

The entire show can be heard on Kojo’s site. The other guests were John Morris of the Center for Democracy and Technology, Parry Aftab, the Executive Director of WiredSafety.org, and Reg Weaver, the President of the National Education Association. We attempted to provide parents and educators with some helpful advice about how to deal with these issues when they pop up. We also got into the controversies raised by the anonymous comments left on sites like JuicyCampus.com and RateMyTeachers.com.

[Incidentally, this show was part of Kojo's excellent ongoing "Tech Tuesday" series. Each Tuesday he dedicates his show to "putting technology in context and assessing its relevance in your life." It's a great program. In encourage you to listen.]

  • http://wiredsafety.org Parry Aftab

    As always, Adam, I enjoyed appearing with you. I’d like to invite you to join us as a panelist at the StopCyberbullying Conference on June 2nd and 3rd. I think the community day, where parents, kids, teachers, and others in the community explore the issues is the best way to showcase your expertise.

    A fan.
    Parry

  • http://wiredsafety.org Parry Aftab

    As always, Adam, I enjoyed appearing with you. I’d like to invite you to join us as a panelist at the StopCyberbullying Conference on June 2nd and 3rd. I think the community day, where parents, kids, teachers, and others in the community explore the issues is the best way to showcase your expertise.

    A fan.
    Parry

  • http://www.desitwist.com/index.php Desi Students Forum

    It seems many scholars and legal minds are now questioning the validy of the law sanctioning speech in the light of the mighty internet. With the outrageous and silly stuff taking place all acorss cyberland, people have started to question whether free speech laws of yesrter years still hold true in our digital world.

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