Friday, September 27, 2013

California Becomes the First State to Pass a Bill to Allow Minors to Delete Social Media Posts that may be Harmful to their Image

Minors Can Now Remove Past Social Media Posts

California Governor Jerry Brown recently approved a law that will give minors the freedom to delete information that may be harmful to their reputation on social media sites.

The law, which was signed on Monday, September 23rd, has been praised by some and criticized by others. Those who are for the law believe it will help minors avoid receiving a bad reputation that may be harmful in their academic, personal, and professional pursuits based on ill-conceived postings. Others opposing the law believe it is a slippery slope that could lead to more restrictions as to what should be removed from the Internet, leading to Internet censoring. 

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What are your thoughts on the new law? Read more about it in The Los Angeles Times here.

This year, our Speak Up Surveys will ask questions related to a student's digital footprint. 

An example question is:

Which of these statements reflect your thoughts about digital footprints (information that is available online about you from what you and others have posted)? (Check all that apply)

Speak Up Surveys are free, and schools and districts can receive access to their school and/or district's data in February 2014. Results regarding a student population's digital footprint will also be apart of that data.

Speak Up opens on October 2nd, and will run through December 20th.

To register, click here.

Our helpful and handy promotional materials can assist you in spreading the word about Speak Up to your students, parents, teachers, administrators, and more! View our full list here.

Questions about Speak Up? E-mail SpeakUp@tomorrow.org.

Join the Speak Up conversation on Twitter! #SpeakUp2013 & @speakuped

Have a wonderful day.

- The Project Tomorrow team