Cyber Dilemmas: Balancing Free Expression and Learning in the Virtual School Environment

By Shaheen Shariff.

Published by The Learner Collection

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My paper highlights emerging educational and legal dilemmas for schools (censorship and cyber-harassment) that emerge as the internet becomes a primary tool of modern communication.

Keywords: Cyber-bullying, Freedom of expression, Anonymity, Psychological harm, Learning school environment (virtual and physical), Hierarchies of power, Legal responsibilities, Safety, Socially responsible discourse, Education

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp.269-278. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 898.284KB).

Dr. Shaheen Shariff

National and international research interests include bullying, internet harassment and violence in schools; tort law; human rights; international law; curriculum resources; students with special needs; cultural studies; secularism in contemporary schools. Book manuscript from her Ph.D. Dissertation entitled: A System on Trial: Are Schools Legally Obligated to Prevent Bullying? under review. Principal Investigator on a grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to study the impact of Quebec intercultural and multicultural policies immigrant and refugee girls in partnership with the McGill Centre for Teaching and Research on Women. Welcomes collaboration on comparative international projects that investigate the intersection of law and education on any of the research interests listed above.

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