Missouri State Law Curbing Social Media Use is Challenged by Teachers

Everyone has different opinions on the role of social media.

Everyone has different opinions on the role of social media.  Missouri has stronger opinions than most, given the new law that is due to come into place on August 28th.  The law says that social networking should not be allowed between teachers and students unless it is completely public.  The law has led some teachers to avoid using the sites altogether, for fear of overstepping the mark.

However, a new development has occurred that involves two teacher associations querying the legality of the bill in a lawsuit.  The Missouri National Education Association has joined forces with the Missouri State Teachers Association to bring the suit.  Everyone will be watching closely to see what the outcome will be – not just in Missouri but across the US and the world as well.

One of the key aspects that are being queried here is the access to free speech.  The lawsuit says that this will be violated by the new law.  It has also been noted that not every child has the confidence to speak up in the classroom.  When this happens, it can be easier for them to do so online.  If the new law comes into being as it is written, this ability will be taken away, because the law prohibits such interactions from taking place.

It remains to be seen whether the law is changed as a result of the lawsuit.  However, we shall be watching closely to see the outcome.

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