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Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

School Employees and Social Media

Janet R. Decker, Indiana University, has published Facebook Phobia! The Misguided Proliferation of Restrictive Social Networking Policies for School Employees in volume 9 of the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy (2014). Here is the abstract.

Employers have dismissed and disciplined teachers and other school employees for posting controversial material and engaging in inappropriate employee student relationships over social networking. In response, schools have enacted policies that greatly restrict educators’ social networking. This Article examines whether restrictive social networking policies are necessary. After analyzing the relevant state legislation, statewide guidance, district policies, and case law, this Article argues that restrictive policies are unwarranted and misguided. School districts have prevailed in the vast majority of the cases because they already have the legal authority to discipline employees under existing law. This Article also recommends how policymakers and school leaders could respond to school employees’ social networking more effectively.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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