Proposal: Schools Could Ask for Social Media Passwords

A proposal advancing in the Illinois General Assembly would prohibit colleges and universities from requiring students to reveal social media passwords.

But that ban would not apply to elementary and  high schools.  Chris Slaby reports.

Universities would be barred from asking for social media passwords or forcing students to open up their accounts.

Elementary and high schools can require kids hand over passwords if they believe the accounts have evidence the student violated school policy.

But schools’ policies would have to warn parents that’s a possibility.

Deanna Sullivan is with the Illinois Statewide School Management Alliance.

SULLIVAN: “Families should be notified, students should be notified about their rights.”

Sullivan objects to a different part of the legislation that says schools have to create expectations for students using social media.

She says that could violate free speech rights.

The sponsor of the legislation says he’s open to changing that.

—Chris Slaby

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