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  •  Still reveling in election euphoria (7+ / 0-)

    and dismayed yet not surprised by the howling dying cries from those who got their comeuppance.

    Jezebel did a great job of not only capturing some of the racist tweets from the teenosphere but actually reaching out the the schools of some of the tweeters to find out what codes of conduct those schools had, what if any violations the teens may have committed, and what if any action the schools took. In some cases, positive news.

    I tend to favor a wide berth on free speech but as Jezebel states:

    Additionally, several of the teens use imagery of their high schools' sports teams on their Twitter accounts and Facebook pages. If nothing else, it's reasonable to alert administrators to the behavior of the students who are publicly representing their schools.
    As a parent , we made sure that our son knew that what goes on FB and Twitter stays there even if you think you delete it. These kids seem to come from comfortable backgrounds (judging from the obviously private schools they attend), and are no doubt preparing those college applications. Colleges and universities increasingly look at the whole student so they have done more damage to themselves than they ever could to the President. They're young; I hope most will learn something from it. Inevitably, some won't. They're future House Republicans.
    There was an abundance of hate speech on Twitter after Obama's reelection, with people hurling violent and racial epithets. Many of those tweeters were teenagers whose public Twitter accounts feature their real names and advertise their participation in the sports programs at their respective high schools. Calls were placed to the principals and superintendents of those schools to find out how calling the president—or any person of color, for that matter—a "n****r" and a "monkey" jibes with their student conduct code of ethics.

    We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

    by Vita Brevis on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 02:29:58 PM PST

    •  Very mixed feeling on Jezebel's approach (4+ / 0-)

      I like online freedom, but I also understand speaking up when teens do wrong. Many young people don't realize is that much of their online communications will live on (and haunt them) for ever.

      -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

      by dopper0189 on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 02:44:47 PM PST

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      •  Were I not a parent of a (4+ / 0-)

        teen college sophomore, I probably would have had more of a problem. But having raised a teen in a Twitter and FB age and having seen some otherwise smart kids do some dumb ass things they'll regret the rest of their lives.....

        I just hope that some of those who have been given a chance to learn and/or redeem themselves don't just throw it away. I'm optimistic; not naive.

        We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

        by Vita Brevis on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 02:51:18 PM PST

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        •  My sister monitors her daughters (1+ / 0-)
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          FB page - for multiple reasons.  

          "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now". Rev. William Barber, If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

          by Denise Oliver Velez on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 02:53:36 PM PST

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          •  We gave him a lot of leeway (1+ / 0-)
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            Our agreement was we wouldn't insist on being friends on FB  or monitor him, but with freedom comes responsibility and the what happens on FB stays on FB speech.

            Friends thought we were naive, but he knew the trade off .  He always knew that he was better off telling us the truth; it was the hell to be paid if he lied to us and we found out that kept him on the straight and narrow.

            Lessons of a stolen Kit Kat bar in 3rd grade!

            We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

            by Vita Brevis on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:03:12 PM PST

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