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Freedom of Speech or Cyberbullying?


Freedom of Speech or Cyberbullying?

Cyber bullying is a form of teen violence that can do lasting harm to young people. Bullying statistics show that cyber bullying is a serious problem among teens. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief.


Sometimes people abuse their freedom of speech and use that right to abuse others. Where do you draw the line between freedom of speech and prevention of online bullying? Should the Internet be a place of totally free speech and expression or should governments pass laws and school districts adopt policies providing consequences for cyber bullying; if so under what circumstances?


After reading the attached texts on freedom of speech and cyberbullying, write an essay that identifies the problem and argues for a solution. Support your position with evidence from the texts. (Your essay must reference 3 of the 4 provided articles.)

Be sure to examine competing views.

Give examples from past or current events or issues to illustrate and clarify your position.




The First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What is Cyberbullying? Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

Examples of cyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.


Free speech or cyberbullying? {Student critical of teacher}


USA Today Two girls arrested on bullying charges after suicide (article and video)


Students cyberbully principals; Court throws out cases


Matthew Stoloff, Esq. Cyberbullying and Freedom of Speech (an attorney’s opinion) (



Format Instruction


Please utilize the Five Paragraph Method

  1.          Introduction – Thesis Statement - three to five complete sentences

  2.          Reason 1 - five or more complete sentences

  3.          Reason 2 - five or more complete sentences

  4.          Reason 3 - five or more complete sentences

  5.          Conclusion - three to five complete sentences


You must use good transitions!

Write legibly.

Check your spelling.

Employ good word choice.