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September 2nd, 2009
09:59 AM ET

S.C. School Wants Student Passwords

The Victory Christian School in North Augusta, S.C., wants access to student’s social networking pages, like Facebook and MySpace, when they suspect behavior that does not comply with the school’s code. Check out this piece from Fraendy Clervaud at our affiliate WJBF: 

With the influx in cyber bullying cases and underage drinking rates, does a school have the right to access to your child's Facebook or MySpace account?  Is this an invasion of kid’s privacy, or a prudent safety measure?


Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (145 Responses)
  1. Colin Dean

    I vote for invasion of privacy. Given the name, though, it's likely a private school and they can set whatever requirements/expectations they desire. If I were a parent who was sending my child there, I'd find another school.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  2. Scott Stodden

    I think more than anything while it may seem like an invasion of privacy its more of a safety precaution than anything. Honestly I believe its stupid and irresponsible for school children under 16 years of age to have social networking pages like myspace, facebook, twitter, etc... This is why there is cyberbullying, sexting, and so much other problems because there's to many kids not being monitored while on the internet.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,IL)

    September 2, 2009 at 10:27 am |
  3. thomas laughlin

    i do not agree with handing over the passwords. if you feel there is bad conduct going on get the parents involved but i feel giving the info over is an invasion of privacy. who knows who might snope and look around where they dont need to be.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  4. PJ

    Invasion of Privacy. Facebook and Myspace are websites not associated with the school or the district it is apart of. Definately look in to alternative options. Notify students and parents about the values of social networking and how it may be harmful in certain situations (employers have been known to search myspace to evaluate potential employees). As social networking is essential in todays world, a class the school could teach would be highly beificial. Include the parents education on how to properly monitor social networking websites. However, having direct access to anyone's myspace, facebook, twitter and other social networking is just morally wrong. These websites are designed to have a personal information held within them (settings for " only viewable by me"). It would open the door to other various access points and raises more questions. "Would the school like access to bank accounts if they thought students were purchasing drugs?" "Access to cell phone bills to investigate text bullying?" It is truely unaccpetable to even suggest an idea that a school would have need such information. In my opionion this S.C. School should do what a school is designed to do: teach students and parents how to properly use these websites. It appears the school would rather teach the students how to legally invade private information. I end this with many more thoughts on mind and would like to present them, yet this topic already needs to be closed. I hope the school does not continue this quest.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  5. J Frinks

    Absolutely not everyone is making the argument that social networking sites are open to the public and whatever you put there is free for the world to view. First these sites are password protected and the owners choose who views what. Second this essentially the same as agents from the school following student around in the mall or at home. Student cannot be held to the schools behavior standards when they are not at school.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  6. SCMom

    I don't think any school has the right to my child's personal information. I am the parent! NOT A SCHOOL OFFICIAL! INVASION OF PRIVACY – DEFINITELY!

    September 2, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  7. Patrick

    I vote invasion of privacy too. Unless the school has a credible reason backed up with evidence (emails, copies of messages, etc) that a social networking site is used for cyber bullying or any other violation of school policy, they should not be allowed free access to a student's account.

    September 2, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  8. Lucy

    There's a line where the school gets too involved in the student's lives. This crosses it. The school should have authority over the child's behavior when the child is on campus and during school hours. Other than that, it's the parents job.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  9. Joe

    This is a total invasion of privacy. This should be left up to parents to control what their children do online not the schools...

    September 2, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  10. Alexander Riccio

    Has anybody read the book 1984?
    Anyway if they are accessing Facebook at home, then this IS an invasion of privacy.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  11. Allison A.

    I think it evades the privacy of the student. Just because they are minors, does not mean they dont have rights.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  12. Nicheli

    The question should be why is the school allowing their students to have access to facebook at school. I believe if it disrupts the school day and interferes with learning then yes they should have access. If there is a problem outside of school then they should not have access.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  13. Curt

    Tony,

    I am of the opinion that if the school receives public money to operate then they should be required to comply with the appropriate federal, state or local law regarding privacy.

    Curt
    Cape Cod

    September 2, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  14. Joe

    Since when was reading through a persons private messages NOT an invasion of privacy? People who defend this policy say that its okay because it is a christian school and they don't tolerate drinking. But it isn't like people in public schools get away with it either.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  15. Michael Berkman

    This is total religious nonsense. The school administration is confused about who is the real parent. If they want to show responsibility they can speak to the student as well as his/ her parents. Taking passwords is plain dumb- not to mention that passwords can be changed.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  16. Rachel McKiernan

    If the school wants to monitor facebook and myspaces of their students, why don't they create an account and look at the pages that way. You'd never see me forcing my kid to hand over her password.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  17. Ryan

    There is no reason for a school to ask for access for facebook or myspace. Why not ask for e-mail accounts next? It is the parents responsibility to know what their children are doing. If the school wants they should block the pages from the school computers.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  18. Darrell Wayne

    The school should have no authority to view students social networking sites. This is invasion of privacy. Enough said. Shame on them!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  19. Dan

    If it's in school, yes, I think they have a right. But if they are talking their home accounts, NO.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  20. Nick

    It's absolutely an invasion of privacy! Besides, it's the parent's job to monitor the behavior of their children; If the school thinks this is necessary, then maybe its the parents who should be doing a better job.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  21. DJChitown

    Yes the school should be allowed to have access to students Facebook page. No one under 18 needs to have a Facebook page anyway. Kids should have their own Kid Safe sites. Parents are not being responsible and not monitoring their kids online behavior, so it is great that a school is willing to assume that parental role. I now need to find someone to monitor my fiancee's online usage.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  22. Jesse Lane

    It's an invasion of privacy. The school is just looking to get the 'upper hand' on these kids. The are better ways of dealing with this issue and taking passwords to a child myspace or facebook is the bullying.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  23. Shantell

    I think that is rediculous!!!! That is most certainly an invasion of privacy. For one the kids should not be using site such as Facebook while at school. Christian school or not, that is wrong and that type of behavior should be left to the parents. Schools are going too far.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  24. Ryan A.

    I thought the Conservative / Christian Right was against any tactics that resemble those of Communist or Socialist regimes? A classic "Do As I Say, Not As I Do!" double standard we've come to expect from that particular group of Americans.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  25. Stephen

    I highly disagree with this. I understand that schools want to keep their stdents safe but there are other ways to do it. Schools dont need to have direct access to a students Myspace/Facebook. The schools can simply just require that the student log in and show them their profile.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  26. Doug Woods

    This is breaking the right to privacy, and the first amendment, because by them accessing there personal accounts i feel they are breaking there freedom of speech. It is the parents responsibility not the schools.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  27. Wendy

    I am Sorry But the christian Schools are getting too controling of Kids! If they have a Issue with a Child they should Bring it up to a Parent BEFORE they go Snooping around!? Let's PARENTS Disiplin our Kids again! What a Child or Adult does out of School or work time is there Buisness!! and they should BUTT OUT!!!!!!!! I am soooo Tired of Seeing my Privacy and rights going to the........... YOU KNOW WHAT!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  28. Lupine Predator

    This is not an invasion of privacy. Just as parents do have the right to perform an "illegal search and seizure" within a child's bedroom at home; when kids are at school, their responsibility is to monitor and provide a safe and appropriate environment.

    Unfortunately, kids often don't have the same rights that adults do. This is a fact, whether we like it or not. Within the context of school, the school should have the right to monitor any and all online traffic that a student is involved in.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  29. Ryan

    Simple, if its at school then yes they have a right( but then again the firewalls and security systems should not allow access to those sites on the network) But if its at home them the student has the right to do what he or she wants(thats the parents job to watch what their kids do). But if the sites attack someone at school example bullying. Then the school should talk to the parents. This alls comes down to parenting,,america start doing it , take responsiblity..

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  30. Rory

    As a parent of a 15 yr old daughter I support any efforts the school makes to deter unnecessary computer use. Why should my daughter be using a noneducational website or resource while on school grounds? MySpace, FaceBook or anything like it is a socializing resource that offers very little educational value. Schools need to restrict, monitor or even block noneducational sites that don't pertain to my child's education. If she wishes to use a social networking site she has a computer at home where she is free to use it as much as possible and her mother could monitor it's usage.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  31. Debbie

    YES, the school has a right to check out their facebook just as much as any other person or entity , who has access to a computer, does.
    The world wide web is open to the world. Every student knows that. If they choose to post private information online then they'd better be prepared for any problem.
    Be smart and at least make it private.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  32. Calder

    It isn't a public school. A public school should not be allowed to do this because it is part of the government and children are required to go there if they do not choose to go somewhere else (home or private school).

    As a private school, attendance is voluntary and an independent decision by the parents of the child. A private school has much broader powers than a public school because it is nor the government. Since it is not the government the same concerns are NOT VALID. A private school should be able to access its students accounts at their will and if the parent does not like the policy then they can remove the student and place him/her in another private school with a different policy or a public school which should not have that power.

    The sad thing today is that people forget that private entities and the government are very different. We want government limited and private enterprises given as much freedom as possible. This is how the country has become great. It almost seems as if people have forgotten and are trying to reverse this.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  33. Matt

    It is neither an invasion of kid’s privacy, nor is it a prudent safety measure. It is a complete waste of time.

    The kids will simply make up a fake page to show the school while keeping their real pages private.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  34. R Boyd

    It's absolutely outrageous and an invasion of privacy.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  35. Chris

    The failures of the 21 year old drinking age can not, and should not be fixed by the invasion of privacy into the lives of students. We need to start having an honest discussion about how the age limit does not prevent drinking, it just causes those who are underage to do it in secret, making it dangerous. Until you have been up at three in the morning worried that your friend might have alcohol poisoning, and you have to consider whether or not you can call for help because of the consequences for everyone involved, you do not really know how much the current polices have failed.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  36. Nathan

    Another example of the continued INVASION OF PRIVACY.
    Regardless the school has no right to anything a student does on there own time.
    What is next? It seems we just except this type of violation to the point it is acceptable to dismiss this for the sake of our safety.
    The school has no right to do this period.
    I want the password to the principals Email and home computer.
    Its for the safety of the children...............

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  37. Julian

    I believe that's invation of privacy but maybe they should just require their students not to have a myspace or facebook account.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  38. Patricia

    The school has no right to ask for the passowords of its student. When and where does the right to privacy begin and end? What's next giving out your pin number for your bank accounts and lock code to our blackberry' s and cellphones. The school system should be more interested in educating our children and not worried about whom they talk to on facebook.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  39. Ron

    This is an invasion of privacy. And if the court rules in favor of this we are just giving away another one of our rights. I don't care if it is children this case will be used as precedence in other cases. Stop having the schools police our kids and let parents step up. I don't intend to give up my constitutional rights because lazy parents can't do their job.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  40. Carl

    One of the issues with the break down of our society is that in the older days a child could be corrected by anyone. Today everybody is more concerned with the rights of a child. While not every child causes problems there is a need to go back to the the grown by a neighborhood. It would reduce a number of the problems we are encountering with kids who have no supervision. Technology needs to be a helper not a hindrance and if your parents choose to send you to a school with rules that are not within your vision then you need to find a new school. Society has rules and we have to abide by them so a school should be no different.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  41. Will

    This is just a classic case of an administrator trying to control a bit too much. The whole point of websites like myspace and facebook are suppose to be personal, my-space (its in the name!) What right does he have to go on to someones personal page just because he thinks their drinking alcohol, granted it is against the rules, but his entire argument foolish. Besides even if the student in question is drinking, it should only become an issue if their performance in school is effected by this, not to keep his schools record untarnished. This is totally an invasion of privacy, whats next reading students text messages?

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  42. Matthew

    I think that this is a horrible idea. What disturbs me most is that it cuts the parents out of the situation. A student should not be compelled to divulge personal information without, at the very least, the notification of one of their parents. I would agree that social networking sites would provide useful information for illuminating the problems of a troubled student but it should not be required or compulsory. Should a parent decide that they wish to share that information with the school then good for them. This is a valuable tool but it should not be a written rule, just a valuable addition to the tool box.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  43. Tex

    If a parent wants to monitor their childs activities is this invasion of privacy? When they are under 18 I dont think so. This also goes for the school. If it is Ok with the Parents then the privacy issue goes away. WE will soon be required to give information in our Census that will be a TRUE invasion of privacy. I wonder if lawyers will get involved with as much zeal as this issue.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  44. Mjk

    No the school should not be allowed the passwords, it's an invasion of privacy akin to ex president Bush's wire tapping. Why is it that the right wing nuts feel that they can do no harm because they do it in the name of the Lord. Pulleeeze, wrong is wrong is wrong. I once considered retiring to S. Carolina but finding out what I know of that state now and the religious right that predominates the politics of the state. No Thanks.....

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  45. Jan

    Hell no!! I think it is a total invasion of privacy. Children have rights also. It is our job as parents to monitor what our children do, as well as protect our childrens rights.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  46. Bryan

    This is just absurd, next are they going to start asking for your email login so that they can monitor your email? Maybe send school officials to follow your child around after school hours? People talk about "big brother", well here is a perfect example of that. There is a reason these sites are password protected, IT IS YOUR PRIVATE INFORMATION THAT YOU CHOOSE TO SHARE WITH WHO YOU WISH. The moment someone crosses that line it is DEFINITELY invasion of privacy. If I had a child attending a school where they instated a rule of this kind I would most likely pull my child from said school and find them a better institution of learning where the focus is actually on teaching the students rather than monitoring their PRIVATE activities outside of school. Stuff like this makes me sick to my stomach. You already have enough power over them at school, no need to extend the "long arm of the law" to their lives outside of school.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  47. Joseph Omeste

    Maybe, just maybe the parents should watch what their children are doing on line. Oh yeah I forgot, that would be to much work. Let's let someone else bring up our children.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  48. Jasmine

    If kids access these social network sites from school – the scholl should have the authority to record and monitor any activity on school computers.

    Otherwise, it should be up to parents to decide whether to give access to their childrens social network accounts to school authorities. If parents refuse then private schools should be able to make it a condition of enrollment or make sure that parents understand that the school system will not be responsible for cyber-bullying – that it becomes the parents responsibility to monitor those accounts.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  49. Edward Doughty

    It's a private school. No one is obligated to send their children there. Anyone can opt out and retain their privacy by chosing not to attend that school. A public school would be an entirely different matter.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  50. Tina

    Absolutley not! I am not surprised that this is coming from a "Christian" school. This is just another way to get these parents to conform to foolishness. Those parents need to stand up and fight for what is right.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  51. True Benson

    I believe that this is a ridiculous intrusion of the privacy of the students of said South Carolina school. If you make an account on a social networking site such as facebook, it basically becomes your online identity. I don't think that others would willfully let others into their identity. I've heard many stories of people whose reputations were ruined by others knowing their passwords.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  52. Joe

    Tony,
    The school should not allow students to use Facebook or MySpace during school hours to begin with. If they do allow this I don't feel that the school has the right to invade a students privacy. Parents need to monitor what their children are doing. I think that these children spend way too much time on these type of internet sites.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  53. Jackie Woodie

    Absolutley no I don't agree with this!! I am a parent of a 13 year old who uses Facebook and I have her password. If anyone is going to check it it will be me and I have instructed her if any teacher ever askes her for her password and log on to Facebook to contact me. If there is something out there that needs to be delt with, it will be me. That is her place to go have fun with her friends and I know what is going on.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  54. brien

    Being Canadian I get to watch from the "sidelines". I find it interesting and hypocritical that the Conservative right complain about freedom of speech and "Big Brother" interfering with them, yet this school wants to do the same thing. In-school monitoring is correct BUT what happened to that 1st Amendment?

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  55. Barrington

    Asking for their students' passwords is absolutely an invasion privacy. The school has the ability to block social networking sites from being accessed over their network, but It is the parents' decision whether their child should (or should not) be able to express themselves online with or without supervision.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  56. Qwiick from Tampa Fl

    Schools should have access at school just like parents "should" have access at home! Kids should be monitored at home and at school. Look at it this way, the school would be liable if a child met a sexual predator and was harmed or killed by that person that they met online at school.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  57. Mike Nunn

    This is a private Christian School. I would expect nothing less from them. They have their own rules and if a parent wants to send a kid there they should expect such conduct. The rules of privacy really do not apply since they gave them up when they chose to go there. They have little relation to the real world where those rights are preserved.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  58. Paul

    Yes, and while we're at it we should enforce a law embedding GPS tracking devices in the students because the school has developed a handful of superficial fears on their students actions outside of school.

    I'm sick of schools trying to enforce measures to control conduct of kids. There are already laws in our society that control conduct, and conduct outside of school institutions shouldn't affect a students status in the school unless it's truly for the well being of the school.

    America's educational ranking is not where it should be for our role in the world we've filled. Schools need to stop worrying about what students do outside of school, and what they do in school and how well they learn. Teachers and administrators these days try to pass off faults in education on unrelated activities done by their students outside of the time they have to teach, they need to take more personal responsibility for their own failings and not transfer fault onto these activities.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  59. Augustin Francois

    Why not bring back the Spanish Inquisition! Religious organizations tend to go too far in their zeal to promote 'purity'.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  60. Amy

    The idea that kids are entitled to "privacy" is absurd – it is a parent's responsibility to monitor thier children's myspace/ facebook content – the school has the right to these passwords ONLY with the consent of the child's PARENT. Leave the child out of making adult decisions.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  61. William

    The school absolutely does not have the right to FB sign-ons. Besides being a blatant invasion of privacy for the individual, this would clearly invade the privacy of any FB friends of the individual who have not approved the school to access their info. The school should not only think this thru a bit more given the adverse publicity being received, but should think about their potential exposure to liability lawsuits especially for any non-pertinent info they find on someone's FB. One lawsuit, and the school will vaporize under the lawsuit. ACLU: where are you now that we really need you?

    September 2, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  62. AL

    I agree with the attorney. This is an invasion of privacy. What the student does outside of school is their business. The only people who have a right to invade the students' privacy is the CONCERNED PARENT, not the school. The school is more concerned about their reputation, and are invading students' privacy.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  63. Connie Sacripante

    I do not agree that schools should have access to student's Face Book accounts. I do believe that each school has the right to block FB from student use but parents should be monitoring student/children's accounts.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  64. Lori Wiltz

    Unfortunately, because of past horrific events that have occured in schools, Columbine for example, YES, I do believe schools have the right to access MySpace of the students if they believe there is a threat to the school, abuse to students, etc. There needs to be set guidelines.

    My children attend a Christian based school. YES, I would give the school the right to access my child's MySpace. This policy needs to be written into the agreement you sign when enrolling your child. Don't like the rules, find another school.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  65. mike marshall

    why is mr principal not more concerned with a student's drinking too much than the reputation of the school......this is going a little too far....we should be more concerned with the welfare of our kids not how it looks to other people

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  66. Susan

    I disagree with the school having passwords to personal accounts of any kind, there is no question that would be an invasion of privacy. However, as a parent, I DO agree that a private or a public school has a right to require a child to become "friends" with, or a "fan" of school administrators, or the school itself. Once you are "friends" with full access you can view their posts. I would also agree to allow some sort of consequence through the school if the child blocks administrators from viewing any part of their public page. Many parents keep tabs on their kids this way, and I see nothing wrong with a child's school keeping tabs on their students this way either. If more schools and parents showed this sort of interest in the integrity of their children, we would be sending more respectable young adults off into the world.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  67. Tom Gutridge

    Is the school's policy an invasion of privacy? That's not the issue. The issue is that the school states up front what will happen if students are using social networking sites in school, or inappropriately out of school. Though I tend not to agree with private Christian schools' philosophies, I would support this policy for even public schools. Just as cell phones are an invasion of the teaching/learning process, so are these cites!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  68. Cindy

    Kids are smarter than you think. All they would do is make fake myspace and give you that password. I should know I have a fake myspace just to keep up with my kids and make sure they are not doing anything bad.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  69. Mike B.

    The school doesn't need passwords, however the students parents should have them. The school can look at the students pages. If the pages are not public then yes the passwords should be provided to the school. How can any person who posts information on the internet expect privacy? Passwords are routinely passed around among students and also the pages can very easily be hacked open.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  70. Amanda

    This is plain invasion of privacy, and frankly, ridiculous. Kids now are not doing anymore drinking, drugs, bullying, etc than they were doing 30-40 years ago. The only difference between then and now is people are no longer just communicating in person, they are using the internet. If a kid is doing something "immoral" off school campus, on the weekends, the school has no right to seize passwords/accounts to find this out.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  71. Karoll

    Absolutely not. With the poor state of education in this country the school needs to concentrate on education. At the same time the student should realize that anything they post online will eventually become public knowledge. Do a search with their name and it's there, comments and all.

    Business' are doing it to screen potential employees. Soon colleges and everyone else will search potentials.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  72. Ray Garrison

    There is no difference between demanding access to a student's online private account and demanding access to their bedroom or home office. Both are protected by the court's interpertation of the 9th amendment. If the school believes a student's myspace account contains dangerous material, they should get a search warrent.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  73. Samantha

    It sounds like the school did not think through what they really want to achieve. This matter started because a boy was 'bragging about consuming alcohol' and it was know that he went to the school... very irrational for the school to take it upon them selves to say that they were effected by this. He was not drinking at the school, his drinking had nothing to do with the school and his neither did his posting the events on facebook. The school should report the boys actions to his parents and leave it at that.
    Nice try though.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  74. Linda

    If studens are using the school computers to access sites such as Facebook, Myspace, or any other social networking sites, then I believe school has the right to regulate or stop such usage. I dont' see any need for students to visit those sites while in school anyway. I HAVE TO TAKE THE SIDE OF THE SCHOOL.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  75. Jace Donaghue

    Let me preface this with the fact that I am a J.H. teacher. A school, whether public or private, has no right to spy on student activity away from the school setting. We have a hard enought time getting students to trust and respect us without them believing their movements away from school are being monitored by us. I believe that is the responsibility of the parents. A school can not and should not be expected to replace their parents...although that is exactly what many parents want.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  76. Ruilt

    I dont agree with them requiring giving over passwords. That'd be like your boss requiring that employee's hand over passwords to their online bank accounts. And this is similar to the issue a few months back with the businesses spying on their employee's. If the school suspects that theres reason for concern they should bring the parent in to have the kid log in to view the page.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  77. Elaine

    I'm sorry but society is getting really ridiculous lately!! Everyone has the right to privacy including our children. Facebook, myspace..all these websites are tools that allow our children to be social, and free to express themselves. It is not the school's place to monitor what social activites the kids are involved in...that's what they have parents for!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  78. phillip

    Private Schools? YES
    Public Schools? NO

    you can not agree to the terms at a private school and attend elsewhere

    most public school students children do not have the option of private or home schooling, so they would be FORCED to give up privacy

    September 2, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  79. Ernest

    What ever happened to our right to privacy in this country? The ONLY one who should have a right to a minors Social Networking sight would be a Parent and even that is a grey area. As a parent myself I would think twice about it, if it was my child. It is as bad as reading a diary or journal. It is an INVASION OF PRIVACY. Scholl admins have NO rights to that information. School is School, and Home is Home. Next thing you know Schools will want to go into your home and ground your children. There are too many people trying to raise your children and oversteping their bounds.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  80. Brendan

    The school should have access if the student brings it to school ie logging onto social networking sites on school computers. I don't think students accounts that have not been accessed should be subject to these rules. If the school wants to do it proper they would create social network accounts of their own and ask for students " friendship". They are looking to reinforce trust and moral values, how ever I don't beleive forcing students to open their private lives to the judgement of men accomplishes that.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  81. Matt

    No I do not belive information of such a personal level should be put into hands of teachers. Although if such crimes like "cyber-bullying" are being commited information as such should be given to police.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  82. sergio

    I'm a soldier and I strongly disagree with the school it is invasion of privacy. It goes against one of the foundations that my brothers and I have sworn to defend

    September 2, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  83. Crystal

    The school should not go into a student's personal e-mail accounts as long as the student is not conducting computer activity at the school. If it is the student's personal account at home then the school should not be involved. The student should not be logging on under their myspace or facebook accounts during school hours so there should be no problem with that. If it is a Christian school then the school should be teaching the students about being an ethical person in and out of school. A person of good character has good character whether they are in or out of school and whether they are being watched or not.
    –crystal

    September 2, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  84. Kevin Camp

    Those who have Facebook accounts learn very quickly to turn their profiles to "Private" if they don't want their personal life to be public domain. While there is a tendency to believe that the internet automatically means anonymous, this is belied by the fact that it is sometimes tremendously easy to find out a wealth of information about someone with a routine Google search. However, this school is taking matters WAY too far. The kids that protect their personal information are far less troublesome than the ones who make no attempt to do so and can be easily caught in doing illegal or immoral activities. A school probably will not have to go to extremes at all to get that sort of information...it'll be there for all to see.

    While this is an extreme case, I would also argue that in this age, privacy as we know it is shrinking. But in this situation, I agree with one person who has commented prior to me that such matters ought to be dealt with by parents. I think kids have the right to their own space and their own ideas without parental knowledge, particularly when they are teenagers. But also there are parents who do not know how to discipline or are unwilling to discipline their children. However, there are also parents who micromanage and use their children as extensions of themselves, which creates more problems. Then there are parents who refuse to acknowledge that their children are behavior problems because doing so would force them to acknowledge that their own parenting skills are suspect.

    It's not as simple as do schools have a right or not, in my opinion. One needs to take into account the full spectrum.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  85. Wendy

    PS............ MY SPACE HAS A REPORT CYBER BULLING!!! Place where you can Report someone committing Bulling! I know this will not be enough to make a Christian school happy! BUT! I think they should REALLLLLLLLLLY Let the parents Handle there Own kids!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  86. Wayne Bryant

    We all know the old clique', "When in Rome, do as the Romans." If your child attends a private school, they must adhere to the rules. It is not an invasion of privacy issue, but rather, why can't little Johnny and Susy do whatever they want too in school? After all, they get away with it at home, don't they?

    September 2, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  87. Supra

    This school and schools in general may be two different issues. As a private school they can set the rules and we have the option to go elsewhere.

    As a general rule, how about "no" if students don't access at school or using school property. Just like in business if accessed using school servers or equipment maybe schools have the right to access.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  88. Braden Franklin

    We are 'justifiably' slipping closer to the totally monitored society described in 1984. For those who require protection from cyber-bullying want to voluntarily share their personal information to help catch a bully, that is totally voluntary. If teachers feel that a student needs monitoring, they should talk to their parents. There needs to be a line between school and home, just as there should be between work and home.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  89. Kyla

    Not only is this an invasion of personal privacy, this is a school crossing the line between teaching students, which it is there for, and parenting. The after school activities that students take place in are not the business of the school. Parents are there to raise, and monitor their children and if the school feels that there is an issue, they should be speaking with them.
    Forcing the children to give their passwords to the faculty is crossing the line and stripping them of their rights.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  90. Andrew Cates

    I vote for invasion of privacy because, firstly, if the students are under the age of 18 years, then the students privacy is delegated by the parent of the child. However, if the parent gives consent to the school officials, then the parent gives those officiates the condoned right to invasion of privacy. Therefore, if the parents do not give consent, the child's privacy should remain personal whether he/she is attending or outside of school.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  91. William Snorgrass

    There's no question that kids need and deserve respect and protection. One of our biggest problems is that we adults try to make them live and behave like adults.
    Since they are kids, there are certain things that must be recognized, 'THEY NEED TO BE MONITORED". Not just at school, but at home as well. They have no right to privacy in the sense that we are speaking of if. "FOOLISHNESS IS BOUND IN THE HEART OF A CHILD BUT THE ROD OF CORRECTION SHALL DRIVE IT FAR FROM HIM." Taken from the Bible, Proverbs 22:15
    What this school is doing is just one of many forms of the rod of correction. If more 'rods' were used we would see fewer problems in the schools, the streets, not to mention at home.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  92. Rory

    After reading some of these parent's comments let me ask a few questions please?

    Are you truly monitoring your child's MySpace or social networking site? Do you personally know every contact in their email address book? Can you truly say that you know every person your child associates with online?

    If you answered yes to all the above I commend you and totally respect your parenting skills.

    When I found my ( then ) 14 year old was on MySpace and had people I didn't know as friends I immediately asked for her password and closed the account. What's a 14 year old doing on a social networking site in the 1st place?

    Thanks for listening. I respect your opinions and comments.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  93. Don

    I agree that if the "Private" school finds out that a student is using the name of their school on their Facebook page and is in fact is doing something not legal it is the obligation of the school to investigate what is going on. What if the student posts that he is going to shoot a student or a teacher? Would that change things? If they did not investigate and harm came to a student or a teacher how would you report the story then?

    September 2, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  94. MJ

    I would have to agree that this is an invasion of property, however, in past instances myspace pages and other social network pages have unfolied plans to committ serious crimes and harms to others in schools. Children with serious psychological issues whom display valid threats towards fellow students and faculty within an institution, should be revealed as quickly as possilbe. However, it is still an issue being able to differentiate between a child being investigated as a suspect of a serious crime, or perhaps a teenager drinking with his friends on the weekend. Children within schools already have to assume no expectation of privacy in reference to their lockers and other personal belongings. Therefore, this issue does present itself as an institutions ongoing desire to rule over all students rights to privacy, and should be closely regulated depending on the seriousness of the students behavior.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  95. Michael Petrie

    It is a Christian based school, correct? If the student's conduct follows the principals or message of the school then there would be no issue to hand over a password, right? When the student attends a certain school they don't just represent that school while at school. They represent the school even off campus, just like a University. As a founder of an online social network investigative service for employers and parents, which uses the social networks as an investigative platform it's extremely easy to create an alternative identity (a second life) online to post "faceless" photos or describe unchristian like behavior, yet still keep up the facade that the student is doing the right thing. The responsibility of raising our children, supervising our childrens actions should start with us, the parents. This is the future of communication we either have to embrace it and evolve with it or step aside and drown in ignorance. You would be amazed at what children are doing and posting these days.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  96. Pokey

    If parents were responsible and monitored their children's online sites, the schools wouldn't have to!

    I'm constantly having to tell my sisters to make their kids remove references to sex, drinking, drugs & other behaviors that are inappropriate for their 10-17 year old's pages.

    Today's parents don't realize their own home is the seediest ghetto in town when the kids' computer is away from the rest of the family's view.

    Today's schools are fighting an uphill battle in trying to teach children what acceptable, normal behaviors are. Our children are bombarded with 10x the sex, drugs & drinking glamorization my generation dealt with in music and television...

    Parents are TOTALLY CLUELESS what their kids do online... and deny what their kids - even when confronted with the evidence.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  97. Michael Russell

    In this digital age, a person's username and password are equivalent to your house key, credit card number or Social Security number.

    Students should be being taught the importance of digital security, not to give up their information to anyone who asks for it.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  98. Matt

    This is an absolute invasion of privacy. When I was going to public school here in the Atlanta area, there were proxies that prevented us from accessing myspace and facebook while at school. This should be sufficient for the school in S.C. The fact is that measures such as this do little to save the image of the school because a student could just as easily get on a cell phone and mass text or even simply brag amongst their friends in person. Likewise, it is not the place of the school to monitor the students behavior once off school grounds.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  99. S L Dock

    I think that this is way past crossing the line. If the parents allow this to happen, then what will they want access to next. A childs medical records to see whether or not they (mainly girls) are sexually active. These are educators that are entrusted with educating the children. Perhaps, with all thats going on between educators and children, the parents should request access to the school's staff personal emails and social networking sites.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  100. Karen Bishop

    Having access to the account as a friend allows monitoring of social behavior. Access to the password gives potential to manipulate the "page" and entrap others. If they want access to the email exchanges in MySpace, Facebook or other private areas of any account, that should be stated specially and be done in the presents of the student and parents. Passwords should never be given out. This will only make student have multiple accounts with false names and no pictures. It will solve no problem but will create lack of thrust. Is Christianity based on fear and spying and teaching the good values through example.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  101. Melissa

    Students are posting very private things on facebook, and myspace sites these are public sites We as adults know that we wouldnt post things online that we dont want the world to see. They may think that its should remain private but posted on the web they forfeit their right to privacy. It is a private school so the code of morals applys. School officals are tryinbg to make sure their students are conducting themselves in compliance with the moral code of the school. This is no different then a morality clause or drug testing. Drug testing has been upheld numerous times even if you do drugs on your own time and test postive you can still be fired even if you dont do drugs on company time or property.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  102. SHARAY DAVIS

    I DONT SEE WHY YOU WOULD NEED A STUDENT PASSWORD.THAT THERE PRIVACY, IF THEY GOT ON THERE MYSPACE ARE FACEBOOK THATS THE SCHOOL PROBLEM FOR NOT BLOCKING THE SITS .IM A 9TH GRADER AND DONT THINK THATS FAIR .THATS MY PRIVACY SO I THINK THATS NOT FAIR. WRITING FROM 3RD PERIOD NEWPAPER

    September 2, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  103. Allison

    This is a complete invasion of privacy! Being a high school student myself, I would not want the school district going into my facebook/myspace accounts. The accounts are mine and I should be able to decide for myself what I would like to put out there. Also, the schools are making a big deal of pictures of students drinking, using drugs, and partying. Well you know what, they did it before they had a facebook or myspace and they are still doing it when they have one. The difference is is that they put pictures of themselves up there doing it, otherwise the schools wouldn't know! So face it, kids are going to do that stuff no matter if they have a facebook or myspace. I agree that it is the parent's job to monitor what THEIR child is doing at home, that's why they are called "parents". I don't need my principal, dean, administrator, or whoever telling me what not to do, I'd rather hear it from my parents because THEIR opinion takes a bigger affect on me anyways.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  104. Joe Bruno

    Mixed opinion here.
    I hate to see any invasion of privacy by an establishment. Training children to get used to it is a good way to prepare them for their privacy to be invaded when they become adults. School computers -fine, home computers should however be monitored by parents only.
    However, if this is a strictly private school by religious affiliation, they have the right to make any rules their subscribers will accept. On the other hand, if they accept ANY kind of PUBLIC funding, they do not have the right to make any 'special' or religiously targeted rules. Want to follow your faith, then fund your faith. Don't preach your mission on my dime, I've got my own agenda and I'll fund it without your money or input, thankyou. That's what America and religious freedom is about.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  105. James Madison (no relation)

    This is absolutely an invasion of privacy! If I have your account and password, can I not post anything I want to your account and then have you arrested for it? If this becomes precedent, then no accounts; web, e-mail, anything. Add to this mandatory vaccinations (starting with our most vulnerable children) under penalty of imprisonment and you have a police state that Hitler would be proud of. This is not about bullying, This is about government intrusion into and control of every aspect of our lives. That used to be called fascism

    September 2, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  106. Shane

    This is an outrage! I went to a Christian school as a kid myself, and let me tell you the more they try to dig into a childs life the worse. The more they do, the more they rebel, etc... These teachers have no right to invade privacy and need to learn that when they say go right, the kids go left. Especially when they are driving their beliefs down their necks!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  107. Philip Johnson

    Why is it always the "Christian" schools that seem to have this issues trusting and respecting people's privacy.
    Maybe their moral compass is a bit askew!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  108. AJ

    Schools should not have access to students' passwords under any circumstances. Students typically write about the private information of their peers, family members, and other adults, who are not subject to school regulations. Some of the information discussed by teenagers is based on rumors and innuendo, and frequently is embellished and erroneous. This type of information can be libelous and otherwise damaging, and therefore is best kept password-protected and private. Further, social networking can be a good way for frustrated students to have an outlet to, "blow off steam". Furthermore, if students believe that their private statements are subject to scrutiny, or may be publicized this will tend to stifle, or "freeze" their discussions. The bottom line for educators is that Privacy, and Freedom of Speech are protected by the US Constitution, and schools may face lawsuits if they infringe on students' and others' rights.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  109. Neil Riddell

    It would be tragic if this was allowed. If anyone actually requests a personal identification number or password it should be a criminal offence punishable to the fullest extent of the law as it is for spamming for that type of information online!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  110. Brandon Irdi

    Absolutely not. The issue here is that the school is not practicing proper filtering practices to begin with. I see this in every school's IT infrastructure. The school can practice either filtering practices so that the sites cannot be accessed by the students' computers. But as in the accounts themselves, the FCC has privacy limitations, albeit with the Patriot Act present, and the access without the consent of the account holder. Even under 18, the content of the account information is private, and cannot be sold, manipulated, accessed, or even censored, unless explicitly laid out in the agreement prior to accepting the policies of the FCC. Even the reason for doing so will be counterproductive to the school. It could cause for misdirection of information on the students part or access of records to the account if the wrong individuals have access to the privacy disclaimered information. Then all it takes is another media or social sites avenue to start a flurry of misguided and incorrect information aside from the original account holder's intention. So, if the school is ready to comply with a watchdog organization to evaluate the need for every account access situation, I wouldn't think the school would want that kind of attention for every situation. Besides, the reason for controlling the activities of the students' behavior reminds me how Christianity actually did get started and evolve over 600 years of European Religous persicution. This may be a far off comparison, then again, this country was founded on the principles of religous freedom persicution from organized state, gov, or assembly organizations. The term is FREEDOM. It is not however come with footnotes or clauses to be used for direct profiling or ASSUMED preventative action. Would the school administration like if the parents had access to the faculty's personnel records from the time the student starts to the time the student ends? That's what I want in trade.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  111. TLoosh

    Maybe the school should talk to the PARENT about, how they think that child isnt behaving at the level the school wants them to be at. If the parent doesnt do anything, then the school can then remove such child. To go over the parents heads doesnt say much about how the school has a parent teacher relastionship. I can see it now, In the future what if they could see into our dreams. Does that mean they have the right to access and punish the child for impure thoughts too?

    September 2, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  112. Dan Bushey

    The school has no reason or rights' to monitor the students social networks, such as Face book, etc. If a school or an employer can do this monitoring of social networks, then the next logical next step will be drug and alcohol testing on demand, ALL WITHOUT proof or evidence of having committed an incident of alleged violation. Schools, teachers and Administrators are there to provide scholarly studies, not social graces.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  113. Pam

    What age does the 1st Amendment apply? Does a private school have the right to mandate it's own laws? I feel that if a student so chooses to go to a private school than they should abide by what the school feels is age appropriate. Besides, if a student is under age and is doing something illegal than the school does have the right to enforce it's laws.

    September 2, 2009 at 11:57 am |
  114. Wendy

    On Response to RORY..........
    My Daughter is now 18 and She was not allowed to have a Computer in her room of her own till she was 16! And even then i did monitor her, till she was 16 she was allowed time on my Laptop with me Sitting right there! She was not allowed to have her Myspace account Set to PUBLIC! It was set to PRIVATE!! Parents Can step in and make sure there child is safe on these sites and as far as Schools are concerned! THERE IS A SOLUTION!!!!!!! GET A CYBER BABYSITTER!!! What this Program does is Prevents Certain sites to be viewed! OHHH BUT THIS WOULD BE TOOOOOO EASY!

    September 2, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  115. Tim Bristol

    It is laughably Orwellian for a school principal to try to control students' off-campus behavior with an oppressive policy of snooping on social networking sites. One may wonder if the principal could have a sick and/or lascivious desire for voyeurism. Just being a religious school is not a valid excuse for attempting to create a private police state mentality. The bible speaks of letting God be the ultimate judge, not some control freak trying to lord his misanthropy over children.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  116. Georgia private school graduate

    Values, rules, and stricter guidelines have ALWAYS been enforced in private schools. They are to be expected. A parent CHOOSES to send a child, and accepts the additional expectations that the school has for the parent and the child attending. A child is accepted into the school with the understanding that they MUST adhere to all these expectations. With all that said, if a student changes their behavior after admittance or reveals behavior that was before denied then they should be expelled. If a parent has a problem with that, they should deal with the CHILD!!!
    Invasion of privacy? I don't think so. If they're telling all on a website, any website, then they've told on themselves. They can always transfer to a public school. This should have been an expectation of the parent BEFORE their child attended! Why is this even an issue????
    If I were looking for a school to send my child to, I would now WANT to send mine to this one. Keep up the good work! I only wish our public systems cared enough to get more involved in the students lives.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  117. Fletcher

    This is absolutely an invasion of privacy. From the sound of it they are not just trying to monitor student's personal lives, but are doing so as a punishment for bad behavior. This school (especially since it's a religious school) should be focusing on comprehensive education against these issues rather than trying to intervene after the problem has become apparent.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  118. Ernest

    In response to Rory...

    Rory that is an un fair post, almost an attack. Do you know all the people your child associates with in the real world? Do you interview the people they talk to when they leave your house? Parents will never have complete control of who their children talk to or associate with. The best you can do is teach them right and wrong and the dangers that exsit in the world. The problem is not social networking sites. The question of why does a 14 year old need with a social site is answered by this. Children, teens,and adults as Humans are Social creatures and we learn and grow by interaction with a broad spectrum of input. By cutting them off from new experiances and ideas we stifle them as people. You must realize that there are young people who end up cutting themselves off from society and holding in their problems and fears because they feel they cant talk to Family members which leads to many problems. Social networks where they can express themselves help the same as a diary. Yes before you go there there are dangers of online lives, But that is Where Parents come in to teach them of how to be safe.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  119. Kris

    This is a private Christian school. Families who seek and pay for private education expect higher academic standards than are available in public schools. Families who also pay tuition at private religious schools are also looking for higher moral standards. This school has rules - you can attend or NOT attend. But if you agree to the rules - you live by the rules or leave.

    I am sure most families at this school who agreed to their rules have no problems with this issue. It is part of the moral environment they were seeking

    September 2, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  120. Michael

    I love how they put these policies in place right after the school year starts – now these poor un-expecting parents will have an impossible time moving their kids – even if they wanted to. I am sure that was in the plan.

    This is a violation of Federal Law – period. No one is allowed to force, under penalty that you disclose and or provide your personal account information related to these sites or their usage outside of the workplace or educational environment.

    Many employers and schools monitor activity on computers within their network, however, these policies do not (and cannot) apply to the privacy of your home. When you sign up for school or accept a job – you usually sign a disclosure statement that allows these people to monitor your activity while you are in their care. However, if you are using Face Book (or a similar site) at home, you are not bound to the agreement and your rights are protected by Federal Law.

    In addition to that, this S.C. School should not be allowed to violate Federal Law under the guise of religion, just because they are a private Christian school. That’s overstepping the boundaries a bit – and I’m Christian.

    There is a strong liability for the educational system – hear this – once a student gives up his credentials to his Face Book site, he can deny everything from that day forward. "I didn’t post that?" Well, my teacher must have!

    This rule (and no other 'school rule') should reach into the private home of anyone. Although one could argue that there should be no reasonable expectation of privacy at school, especially since they are minors and students – monitoring and controlling access to resources such as Face Book is the sole responsibility of the child’s parents. The parents or guardians are capable of determining what online content is acceptable for their child, when outside of the school – not the educational system. if the school is so concerned about these things – then they should be doing a better job to eliminate access to these resources from the school computers.
    Frankly, I am of the opinion that overbearing and intrusive rules like this deplete parent’s skills over time. Soon, parents will not have to 'parent' their kids, because the school is. Where do these rules stop. Is texting next? What about meals or driving privileges? Hey – maybe the school decides one day not to like red meat anymore. So, let's test the kids to see if they ate any at home. Your laughing, I know – but think about the far reaching effects of this policy at its core.
    You are allowing the educational system to access your child’s private accounts (regardless of what kind) because they THINK that there is some inappropriate behavior – which took place at your house mind you. WHAT? What's next – are they going to ask for the parents accounts too – just to make sur ethat the parents are not posting stuff that the school does not approve of?

    You as the parent are the authority responsible to determine what behavior in your home and childs personal life is appropriate. Not some school teacher.

    It’s amazing how far we as people and parents actually let this go. You need to think back a bit to all the times that kids were suspended from public schools for 'conduct unbecoming' and similar charges – even when they occur out of school and off school property.

    I have an idea, what if the parents suspect that the school or its teachers and staff are conducting themselves in a way that they don't agree with. Then the teachers and staff should be forced to give up their passwords to the parents. Yeah – right.

    This is also a violation of the terms of Face Book – and accounts should be cancelled, suspended or locked up in some way.

    September 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  121. Denis K. Denis

    I respect the law and always have, but this is truly an invasion. Students should rebel. The powers that want this information should disclose ID passwords to there Twitter and My Space activity and blogs, so the students can view what there saying, regarding there daily activity's. Telling students what they can and cannot do outside of school is none of there dam business. Remember, students pay for their education, so students, boycott the school and lets see who pays the teachers salary's. Principals, Teachers,beware No students, No job. How do you feel now? Who has the real power? Students Do! George Orwell/ 1984. Student read this book!!! being a Christian is a not a Law but a personal choice. Enough is Enough! Look back at the 60's. Vietnam, Nixon, look what happened. Who ousted Nixon? The Students!!!

    September 2, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  122. dollhouse

    Some very interesting points raised here, which has got me thinking!

    September 2, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  123. BF

    No, schools DO NOT need access to social network sites unless specifically court-ordered. Besides, just about every site that requires name and password registration has a clause in the terms of use that the user will not share their password. Terms of use easily trumps school's so-called "need to know."

    September 2, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  124. Sharon Davidson Albuquerque NM

    When you think you have heard it all something else comes along! I think it's quit funny that they really think they will pull this off. I'm a very strong Christian and my children go to private school, but I also believe in the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech. Our children have rights too and if they want to complain to their friends on the internet let them! Who are they hurting? All they are doing blowing off steam. It's better then it building up!

    September 2, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  125. Bud

    RE: The so-called 'Christian' school wanting to play Big-Brother over their students:

    All we hear these days are the Christian Fundies screaming about "We don't want Big-Brother!" at these town-meetings. So now, here they are wanting to play Big-Brother far beyond the scale of any government program.

    Hypocrites!

    September 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  126. Hunter Durham

    The ultimate solution is to abolish Christianity. Are we really going to let them invade privacy after all the stuff they have pulled in history? I don't think so

    September 2, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  127. Lori Wiltz

    This is a private school.

    Students are interviewed, accepted or denied. Students and parents agree to live by a set of rules and codes. Families pay tuition to attend private school. Tuition is paid so that children are taught in the enviornment parents want them exposed to.

    The school builds it's reputation based on the students behavior. If the school knew about and allowed underage drinking for example, and this behavior was bragged about with the school name attached, I would expect the school to expel the student. The message is clear.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  128. carolin

    I don't think they thought this through...these are KIDS!
    They're just going to create a fake page for the school and a real page for themselves.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm |
  129. Odette Panossian

    If a school feels it neccessary to pry into childrens personal life in order to teach them "Christian morals " ,then we have a problem.
    Why doesn't the school concentrate on teaching and learning. Those who are prone to make trouble and dislike learning will continue to do so without proper guidance from home and school. Regardless of what their Facebok or My Space shows.
    My son is in a Christian school and doing just fine without them Prying in his personal life.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  130. Felicia Melton

    Any child tht lives at home with their parents do not have any privacy. They are under the administration of their parents. When they are at school then they are under the administration of the school authoriites. They should be supervised at all times because they are innocent , vulnerable and naive. They do not understand that there are some deviant individuals who do not have their best interest in mind. Ask yourself how many sex offenders are on YouTube, Myspace, etc.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  131. Anthony

    If the school is successful all that will happen is that the kids will go home everyday and change there password, there by preventing school officials from accessing the account. What a student posts on myspace or facebook is not the concern of the school unless it involves some sort of harm or damage coming to other students or the school. And if threats are posted the school will find out, by way of other students or adults that the threats are relayed to. Other than that the school needs to stay out of what is posted. If these sites are such a problem, the school needs to allow access to sites that only the school approves.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  132. J STEPHEN

    IT IS AN INVASION OF PRIVACY TO REQUIRE CHILDREN TO GIVE UP ACCESS TO THEIR FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF COMMUNICATION. THE PRINCIPLE IN SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL SYSTEM AND OTHER COHORTS MUST BE LIVING IN A DIFFERENT SOCIETY THEN WHAT WE AS AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS TAUGHT AND FOUGHT FOR.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  133. jeanneen

    I think it is a great idea to look at what our kids are doing. Schools, churches, other parents, everyone should be involved in guiding our children.

    Short story:

    As I looked over my My 13 yr. old daughter's shoulder, she said, "Mom this is MY SPACE". I said, " until you are 18, your space is MY SPACE".

    September 2, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  134. K.P.

    What happends in the school it is it the school problem.. What happend at happends at home it is the parents responsibility. Schools are here to help us for the future,give us knowledge, and if they want to help us.. they can. But they can't get into are social longin sites. That's the parent's responsbility . They have to have the permission from the administrators of the web site, have permission from us, and have permission from are parents as well. Do they expect to still have control over what we do on the internet. Students have there place, and parents have there place. The schools need to find there place.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  135. Jacob Staven of Racine,WI

    This is a clear invasion of privacy. What you do outside of school is Your business. This is a clear First Ammendment Violation. The school should block these sites from the school computers and leave it at that. They shouldn't dicktate our lives outside of there sphere. That sphere ends the moment you leave the property.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  136. wiselonghorn

    This is definitely invasion of privacy. The schools rationale is flawed and is quite disturbing. They are more concerned with the schools appearance rather than engaging with parents to remediate any behavior that they find objectionable.. This speaks very loudly to their values of intolerance, lack of trust, and hubris. Apparently at Victory, the school is first, money is second, and Jesus is third.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  137. Courtney

    You don't need someone's password to monitor what they post on Facebook or Myspace. You can just go on to the site and do a search. I wouldn't want anyone having my passwords. If someone at the school posts something inappropriate, let their parents know. The parents should monitor those sites anyway.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  138. la richardson

    this is an absolute invasion of privacy at the primary root level. i feel that there are enough watchdogs out there should anything suspicious be posted. we need to respect and reserve our right of free speech that we have been given.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  139. Neomic

    This is an invasion of privacy. I don't think any school has the right to do this, regardless of whether it's a private school or a school in the slums. What I do on my time is my business. The Principal that is interviewed in the video seems very arrogant and oblivious to the fact that this could really do harm to the school's reputation. I'm sure a lot of the students have messages saved that are personal which the school would then have access to.

    Like someone mentioned above, if the schools feel they need access to something, they need to go through the proper steps and obtain a Court order to view these.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  140. Steven

    An absolute invasion of privacy, it should be the parents monitoring their childrens online activities. This is just another example of religious fanatics trying to impose their own beliefs on everyone else. It is a " let's get 'em young and we'll own 'em for life, including their vote, type of mentality.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  141. Bob in Tulsa

    If the school did not provide the online service, ie: twitter or facebook, they have absolutely no right to access the accounts. Religious organizations seem to have a really hard time realizing they do not hold absolute power over their followers.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  142. Andrea Buss

    Perhaps the students should paste a copy of the Constitution on their Facebook or Twitter page. The Principal could get a lesson about invasion of privacy. This is very wrong. Leave the parenting to the parents.

    September 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  143. Daniel

    It is an invasion of privacy to say the least. Do they also want everyone the kid talks to, phone numbers, all e-mails, letters, copy of credit card statements, bank statements??? What color underwear do you wear when you get home? This is CRAZY and you people that don't realize this are just as stupid! See you can go back and read every e-mail the person has ever wrote unless they deleted them! If the kids are smart, they would just make fake accounts with just one pic and give them that! That way they could keep their myspace & facebooks private without "the man" tryin to get to close. Then I would somehow look into legal action. I am a web designer & computer programmer! But if that didn't work I would hack'em!

    September 2, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  144. Vincent g. Smith

    Children under the age of 18 have no right to privacy. The school, and the parent should stick their noses into every aspect of a childs life to guide them in proper behavior. If a child is trustworthy and doing nothing wrong there is no probelem and the need for supervision is minimal.

    IF on the other hand as in most cases the child is sneaky, devious, and a liar, he has no right to privacy. If the child is mine i will allow as many eyes to watch him as need be till he or she learns what is expected of him or her and tows the line. Police, School, teachers, doctors, parents, grandparents, anuts uncles, nephews and nieces, trustworthy friends. should be a team when it comes to raising a child, and the child should never never never feel that no one is watching. (no one cares) if he does he tries to get away with murder.

    Sheesh all you idiots know this because you were children once, get real , Americans live in a dream world no wonder our prisons are full of adults who were not supervised properly as children.

    You bunch a morons!!! Privacy is an idotic falacy there is no privacy, i get so tired of reading the posts of idiots!!! You know who you are!!

    Vince

    September 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  145. Robert Lake,MI

    Whatever you liberals! Its not an invasion of privacy until you are an adult that pays taxes and takes care of themselves! I know from personal experience that the internet should be strickly monitored by a responsible adult! A kid and I mean 8 to 16 years old using the internet as a way to talk about things they shouldnt be talking about where as you used to have to talk out loud so your parents heard your conversation! You liberals may call it an invasion but really you are being responsible and care what kind of crap your sneaky little 12 year old girl. Its also a way for middle aged child molesters and worse getting contact that they would otherwise not have! People think before you cry all this civil rights crap, its this crap that puts your child in danger! Finally if you are a parent and you have gotten you 10 year old child a cell phone, well that just makes you dumb!

    September 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
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