Should schools regulate student use of online social networks?

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william (not verified)

it is good but slightly altered

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i believe that it is important for students to have the opportunity to connect with students around the world and learn different perspectives from other students, but i do not believe myspace facebook and sites like these are appropriate for the education process. there are other websites available that are specifically designed for students to connect with other students from around the world and is not intended for personal use to where you can talk to your family and friends rather than the intended purpose to talk to students from around the world.

Jake (not verified)

WOW

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By the way, I believe it's "grammar," and "ridiculous."

Kai (not verified)

As a school or school

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As a school or school district, the liabilities placed upon a school who allows studdents to access any potentially dangerous material is too high. There are beneficial aspects of social networking sites, but it isn't the school's responsibility to provide such benefits when they would also be liable for any possibly detremental aspects of these sites. Students seeking cyber-social outlets can access social networking sites elsewhere. If settings can be implemented in a way that the teacher can control privacy for group activities on sites like twitter, than educational uses may be an option; still, schools are under great pressure to ensure the safety of their students while at school and the potential for online predation on social networking sites is real and obviously wouldn't be overlooked in a lawsuit against a school who allowed students to access social sites on campus.

Juan (not verified)

Hypocrite

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You have worse spelling than I do. And I haven't even graduated. Congrats, pwned by an eighth grader. Keep truckin'!

Jake Meryl (not verified)

EXCUSE ME?

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'ruining their lives by giving them TOO MUCH FREEDOM?' Freedom is what all students strive for! without it, kids just become slaves to corporate and school propaganda, kinda like you. They have the right to know THE TRUTH! we're tired of being lied to, the educational system will fall!

Michael (not verified)

No

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Yes. Students have no place on the internet until they're 18. The world doesn't need any more little minors spamming the internet with their impossible-to-decipher pseudo-English.
And a good majority of you who commented here should be ashamed. You're ruining the next generation by giving them too much freedom.

Jake Meryl (not verified)

No, just, no...

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Stop being such Facists, you can't control what the students do, If they want to look at Myspace, Facebook, or Youtube, then let them, because if they aren't allowed to do it legitimately, they'll do it illegitimately. Students should be free to do whatever they want on the internet, and if they do mess up, then thats their problem, NOT YOURS, and they will have to get out of it by themselves. Also, places like Myspace can't be used for 'learning' (as suggested in column 'B'.) Think about it, how many students a day come into the school and aren't even slightly interested in the stuff you teach them that they will NEVER use in their lives.

Mitchell (not verified)

Hahaha. Notice how all the

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Hahaha. Notice how all the people who are for the blocking of social networking sites can't spell? Besides, if they actually had potential they wouldn't use those sites in the first place. Myspace and Bebo are just failed projects, Twitter has way too much content on every page and Facebook users are generally too smart to use it during school. Besides, the public schools block system is highly outdated, I hacked it in about 5 minutes first time, now I can do it in 1 minute.

Also, for those who think that they'd spend all their time on these sites if you stopped blocking them, just don't tell them. Most of us are idiots, I have to admit.

Choicy (not verified)

I think that you shouldn't

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I think that you shouldn't block the sites because that's pretty stupid. I mean it's really not at all distracting! I hate how schools restrict students from certain things. People spell "cuz" like that because it's shorter! I'm getting tired of all the older Generations acting like these Social Networks are soooo horrible when they really don't cause a threat or harm! Students are aware of the dangers, I believe that schools should tell the students how to protect themseleves for the people who are dumb who need to be reminded! Before you people talk about "PROPER ENGLISH" Americans don't speak that....we speak in different Dialects and "cuz" is Ebonics!

Tracy (not verified)

Block the heck out of it.

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Yes it should be blocked. I'm all for using Web 2.0 "tools" with students - just not these purely social/entertaiment sites that have already shown great abuses and poor content. Schools should seek out sites that are made for Education organizations. They should be using their collective clout to have services providers post online content to these types of sites - such as Teacher Tube instead of YouTube. They are already out there - insist they are used instead of these.

And as far as your Essay and your assumption that it's an invasion of privacy - you are WAY OFF! You lost your privacy the moment you submitted it. And that is the first lesson for all our students.

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