Study: Students appreciation for First Amendment grows with social media use

Social media tools like Twitter and Facebook help young people learn about the value of open discourse and tolerance for the views of others, according to a survey of high school students and teachers released today by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. "For many, the First Amendment is an abstract concept, but this new study tells us that social media bring the importance of free speech home to young Americans," said Ken Paulson, president of ASNE and the First Amendment Center. But the Future of the First Amendment study also comes with a dark cloud: Many high school teachers still do not do not support free expression for students.

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