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Unpublished Paper
The First Amendment Constitutional Implications of Facebook and MySpace and Other Online Activity of Students in Public High Schools
ExpressO (2008)
  • Brandon J. Hoover, Ohio Northern University
Abstract
My paper, entitled The First Amendment Constitutional Implications of MySpace and Facebook, will explore what constitutional issues may arise through the use of social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook. The paper will begin with an explanation of social networking websites; how such sites were developed, how many users each cite has, and how such sites work. The central focus of the paper will be on youth who use such sites. After laying the basic framework of what these sites are and what they do, the paper will next turn to the First Amendment issue of free speech. Some schools across the country have banned students from using such websites, and other schools have punished students for content that has been posted on Facebook and MySpace. Some of the students who have been punished for such have sued the school districts alleging a violation of their constitutional right to free speech. This paper will take an in-depth look at these cases, describing the particulars involved in each case. Next, the paper will determine whether such cases fit within the framework of cases the United States Supreme Court has already handed down dealing with free speech rights of high school students. Finally, the paper will analyze whether this trend is too restrictive on a student’s right to free expression and speech.
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Publication Date
April 27, 2008
Citation Information
Brandon J. Hoover. "The First Amendment Constitutional Implications of Facebook and MySpace and Other Online Activity of Students in Public High Schools" ExpressO (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brandon_hoover/2/