Most high schoolers believe that people should be able to express unpopular opinions in public. But they’re less supportive of allowing people to publicly share opinions or posts on social media that are bullying or offensive.
That’s according to the Future of the First Amendment report released by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation last week. This is the sixth study the foundation has published that examines high schoolers’ attitudes toward issues related to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. This year’s report is based on a poll of 11,998 students and 726 teachers conducted last May by The Stats Group.
The report tracks young people’s evolving attitudes on issues including the trustworthiness of media and news shared on social media and the role of offensive speech.
A version of this article appeared in the February 15, 2017 edition of Education Week as More H.S. Students Support First Amendment Freedoms