NY Times reporter Somini Senfupta reports that school districts are beginning to monitor how students use the internet, Social media are a particular concern since many high school students are active on Facebook, Twitter and other media sites.

There are issues relating to the legal and ethical impact of this monitoring, but schools are attempting to find a balance between privacy and free speech concernes and concerns about the welfare of students because there have been instances of strudents harassing other students using the internet, and doing it from school computers.

The Times story gives examples of students using MySpace, Faacebook and others for purposes school officials are concerned about.

Not everyone thins this is a good thing. Some parents are outraged about the monitoring, and some school officials have been forced to resign.

Read the original story here: Warily, Schools Watch Students on the Internet