Facebook and School Rules

Most of the students at Lam Woo use Facebook, but few think carefully about how it is being used. One question to consider is the extent to which school rules still apply to online behaviour. For example, if a student has recorded a video or photographed his/her classmates fooling around at school (without having obtained permission from the discipline department to use a camera at school), would the school be within its rights to punish the student for breaking school rules? If students post videos or photos of themselves wearing school uniforms incorrectly, would the discipline department have the right to punish them based on this evidence? What about a student writing foul language or making indecent remarks online? If a student insulted a teacher in a status post (e.g., Richards is a stupid ******* blockhead, ha), could he/she get into trouble? If a student is bullying another online, what should the school do?

What do you think: Do schools have the right to punish students for online behaviour? What responsibility do students have to behave appropriately online?

Note: There was a recent case of students at a neaby school (Hong Kong Taoist Association’s Yuen Yuen Institute No 1 Secondary School) uploading a video of themselves bullying a woman (link Bully Boy gets his two minutes of infamy). Is the school doing the right thing in punishing the students?

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22 Comments

  1. I think using facebook will not break the school rules if we use it in an appropriate way. In school, students should hand in their phone disciplinely, they should not use their phone in school, so they will have no chance to go online and use facebook. One day, the lesson after lunch. I heard the teacher ask my classmate that if she had use her phone at school because the teacher had seen that my classmate had liked a photo in facebook during lunch. My classmate laughed and said that he went home to have lunch so
    he used it at home. I think it is very funny that teachers could keep watch on students using facebook!
    Also, if teachers find out that students use their phones at school, they should not cover them but report to the dicipline section immedietely. Or else it would be very unfair to other students. It can give the rule breaker a lesson and also remind those who want to break rules at school not to try. As for the punishment, I think school must not only forfeit their phones also need to give them a black mark as a record. These shall teach them a lesson.

  2. I think using facebook is not a bad thing. But students should use it wisely, they should not do anything that is breaking the school rule. And they should only use facebook outside school but not at school.
    And how do you think?

  3. Hi! This is my first time to write my opinions here and it is so fantastic! From my point of view ,I think students should use facebook wisely, not to say anything breaking the school rules or insulting others. That’s because if u do this, you may be punished and others may feel hurt.These are bad consequences.However , it is difficult for school to always keep an eye on the students. I think the best way to avoid students behaving badly online is to let them know the importance of behaving well. Actually, I think teachers have the right to give punishments.But anyway, the students should behave themselves.

  4. I think schools have the right to punish the students for their online behaviour as what they have done may affect the reputation of school.

    Whenever they are wearing school uniform, they must be more careful to their speech and actions in public.

    Moreover,students shall not bring a camera to school without permission and it is also their responsibility to wear uniforms properly and to respect teachers.Therefore, if cyber bullying occurs , i think the school can help to solve the problem and punish students with inappropriate behaviour.

  5. I think the school should punish the students that who do not behave well on facebook. We should follow the school rules wherever we are, especially on facebook. As facebook is an open-public area, people from all over the world can see the comments posted. Moreover, we are representing our school, it will affect the school’s reputation if we post some foul language on it.

  6. I think the school have the right to punish students for online behaviour. Students should follow the school rules no matter at where. It is stated clear in school rules that you cannot bring a camera to school unless you have obtained permission from the discipline department. Therefore, if a student post a photo or a video that is taken in school without permission, which I think is a stupid act, I am sure the discipline section can punish them.
    Although Hong Kong residents enjoy the freedom of speech, we still have to behave properly on the Internet. I think we should keep in mind that people can see what you are doing. Also,what you have done on the Internet will reflect your personal value.

  7. I think it is hard for school to punish students for online behaviour.Students may locked their post ,so school don’t know what they are doing.School can’t punish students with no evidence.If they locked it,school can’t do anything.Also,there are so many students are using facebook.School can’t check everyone’s facebook all the time.It’s time comsuming.
    I think students should have to behave themselves good and not to have such complicated things need to punish by school

  8. Leo’s response raises an interesting point. What actions would be considered serious enough to warrant action?

    Here is one example I saw the other day. On Facebook, a Lam Woo student posted a photo of the butt (seriously) of the student sitting in from of him/her. The photograph appeared to have been taken using a mobile phone under the table during class . Already, this is obviously breaking the rule about bringing mobile phones and cameras in class. Is this a serious breach of the rules? Is posting such a photo a kind of cyber-bullying (i.e., s the poster of the photo trying to publicly mock the student in the photo?). What do you think about this case?

  9. I think that the school should punish students when they post something on FB that serious against the school rules, such as bullying, fighting etc. Besides, I think students should follow the school rules at any time because school rules are set to encourage students not to do something wrong. However, if the things posted on FB are not serious, such as crossing roads in an incorrect way, I think it is unnecessary to punish these students as it waste manpower.

  10. In my opinion, I think that the discipline department have the right to punish students for online behavior.

    Let me have an explanation to you. For example, if the students wearing school uniforms incorrectly, the discipline department have the right to punish them. But the problem is, why there’s a conflict that the discipline department do not have the right based on online behavior. The students wear school uniforms incorrectly, so that the disclipline department can punish them. The key point is that : the students wear school uniforms incorrectly, instead of online behavior. Because the students are representing the school, so that they have rights to behave well. As same as writing foul language or making indecent remarks online, it is a bad behaviour of students, so that the discipline department have the right to punish them.

    In conclusion, I think that if the discipline write clearly about the online behaviour of students in the school rules, it may be a best choice.

  11. The students who are wearing school unitform should be behave well because they are representing our school as they are wearing our school unitform. Though people can enjoy freedom but I think they should consider the impact that may bring to the school.

    Therefore, I think our school should punish the students who have bad behavior shown in the videos or photos, and also those threaten the others through Facebook or other communicating channels.

    But the discipline cannot be too straight because students still need a platform for communicating and as Facebook is popularly used, rude words may be too hard to avoid for every one.

    All in all, the most effective way to make a balance and avoiding straight rules is to behave ourselves well not only at school but also on the internet.

  12. I totally agree of the statement that the school should punish the students of wear school uniform incorrectly and recording a video or photographed his/her classmates fooling or saying foul languages around at school.
    Being a educated person who doesn’t has his uniform wearing on ,it is already a mistake to do that.But for this ,it may ont cause a serious problem, as you don’t represent anything exept yourself.It will just affect your own at all.But since you are wearing on the uniform ,you are representing the school.Any of your dide and words will surely affect the school image.
    Therefore, I am absolutely agree that the school can have the right to punish the student who breaks the rules.

  13. I think the school should punish the students of wear school uniform incorrectly and recording a video or photographed his/her classmates fooling around at school. It is because if we wear the school uniform, we are representing the school. Therefore, we should respect the school repution. Secondly, we should not use the camera without any permission because it is breaking the school rules.

    I think the school should not punish the students of oline behaviour. It is because students have their own freeedom.

  14. I think the students should be punished of wearing the school uniform incorrectly, recording a video or photographed his/her classmates fooling around at school. It is because if we wear the school uniform, we are representing our school.Therefore, we should respect the school’s repution.Secondly, we are not allowed to bring camera without permission, so, the discipline section should punish the students of breaking school rules.

    However, I think the school should not punish the students of oline behaviour. It is because students have their own freedom. I think the students should be self-regulating and repsect others.

  15. There have been a lot of interesting and contrasting comments. No one has mentioned privacy settings, though. Most social media, like Xanga, Facebook and YouTube, have privacy settings so that only a few people can see your comments/photos/videos. I think people should use these more.

  16. I think the school has the rights to punish the students who behave improperly. It is because when they wear the uniforms, they are representing the school. Therefore, if they wear the uniforms incorrectly or do something bad when they are wearing uniforms, they will destroy the school reputation.
    Also, I think students have no rights to insult and bully the others through Facebook which these behaviours are not allowed in school.
    I think respecting the others is the basic responsibility of students when they are using Facebook.

  17. I think that students should be punished if they were wearing school uniform incorrectly, doing bad things in the videos and post something bad languages about the teachers or others. Firstly. if other people see that, that may destroy our school’s reputation. They may have a bad image about our school.
    Secondly, saying bad languages is not a good behavior for students. School really should punish those students. They have the right to do that.
    Thirdly, if students didn’t get the permission of discipline department of using the camera at school and they do bad things, discipline department have the right to punish them because they were inside the school. That is not a good thing for the school’s reputation.

  18. I think the schools have the rights to punish students for online behaviour.Although students can express their opinions on facebook freely,they should noticed that they are still the representatives of their schools.Therefore,they can’t type foul language,bully the others and scold the teachers. However,I think the teachers should not punlish the students who post photos or videos which take at school.As some of the teachers use facebook also and they see that,they don’t tell the disipline section.Actually,some teachers even see the students take out the camera without permission at school,they still pretend that they do not see it.Base on this kind of teachers,the students do not afraid to do such as this kind of thing.

  19. I think that the school should punish the students if they are wearing school uniform incorrectly, disturbing others or doing bad things in the videos or photos that they post.
    When they are wearing school uniform in everywhere, they represent the school. They must think cautiously before they do anything.
    It is because the behaviours will affect the reputation and the image of the school.
    The students should be careful not to break the school rules even they are just playing.
    Therefore,the students should be punished when they do something bad and showing something to others by facebook too.

  20. I think that the school should not punish the students if they upload something that is broken the school rules because students have freedom to do anything they want outside school and the school rules are use at school only. They have freedom to enjoy their own life whenever they wear school uniforms or not. I think everyone should have their right to do anything they want and no one can have the right to stop them. Therefore, I think that the school should not punish the students if they upload something that is broken the school rules.

    1. I think that the students should be punished by the school,because when they wear the school uniform to do something bad,they may destory the school reputation.Although students have their freedom to do what the want ,but once they wear the school uniform,they must obey the school rude.Also they shouldn’t bullying others online,they need to think before what they do.

      1. I think students should be punished by the school if they uploaded something that broke the school rules because it may destroy our school’s reputation. For an example, we are not allowed to bring camera along us without permession, so if students took photos at school, the discipline section can punish them.
        Also, I agree with Natalie that “once we wear the school uniform, we must obey the school rules”.
        Finally, I think we should behave well whenever and wherever.

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