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?