Facebook Phobia! The Misguided Proliferation of Restrictive Social Networking Policies for School Employees.

44 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2015

Date Written: 2014

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.

Keywords: education, social networking, teacher discipline, teacher dismissal

Suggested Citation

Decker, Janet, Facebook Phobia! The Misguided Proliferation of Restrictive Social Networking Policies for School Employees. (2014). Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, Vol. 9, No. 164, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2572750

Janet Decker (Contact Author)

Indiana University ( email )

Dept of Biology
100 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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