Cellphone videos pose new challenges for school administrators

Associate Professor of Sociology Robert Faris is quoted in The Sacramento Bee.

With the press of a button, students have gained power in confrontational situations with classmates or authority figures. They also can become provocateurs or citizen journalists by posting videos that go viral well beyond the campus community.

Robert Faris, sociology professor at UC Davis, said unanticipated recordings have become a reality because video cameras are everywhere. He sees some merits to posting video on social media but warned that it can also have unfair and negative consequences.

“A lot of injustices are recorded,” he said, “and until they get attention nothing is done about them.”

Read the full story at The Sacramento Bee.