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, 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 and

[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.]

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