The First Amendment

And How it Applies to the Internet

The Dangers

As avid social media users, our generation has discovered easier and more effective ways to communicate with one another. With these, however, people feel like hiding behind a computer screen can protect them. Therefore, they do things they most certainly shouldn't be doing, and post things that no one needs or wants to see. People can leave mean comments, send or post inappropriate pictures, and even watch someone's every move. With the benefits of the internet and the technology that comes with it, there are also many ways to misuse it to the point when it becomes dangerous.

Sign a Pledge!

For every type of social media, there should be a short pledge that everyone must read and sign before being allowed to use the site. It should state, simply, the ways the platform shouldn't be used, and if mistreated, then your rights to using the website will be taken away. Of course, when you sign up for something, there are the terms and conditions, but they are so long that no one ever reads them all the way through. Every group and community is in power of what happens around them.

First Amendment Rights

While some may argue that confiscating someone's right to use a social media platform such as Instagram or Snapchat is infringing on their first amendment rights, all users agree to the terms and conditions of the websites. These are henceforth considered the "laws" of the website. If you break a law, then you go to "jail"/are kicked off the website. Also, any kind of social media is an online community, and communities are in control of what happens around them. If they aren't satisfied with how their community is being treated or how a situation is being handled, they reserve the right to take it over and make a decision.