Should schools regulate student use of online social networks?

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Keith (not verified)

I feel like I am reading the

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I feel like I am reading the results of grade school students. The only person who has said something intelligent is Laura. Myspace, Facebook, Youtube, and sites like those should be blocked for students who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. Personally I wouldn't care if people with lower GPA's got on rather than doing the work they should be doing only because IT IS YOUR GRADES! Not mine. What's more important, Myspace or graduating on time or at all? Most kids now days will choose Myspace and that is the future of Amarica. Oh joy.

Laura C (not verified)

To be frank, when a student

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To be frank, when a student is in an ACCESS class [or a distance course] that is taken on school grounds, it is very easy to get sidetracked and distracted, however, the work in some courses takes very little time, thusly allowing the student to have a long period of free time. I'm actually currently in ACCESS and I've gotten all the work for the rest of the week already completed. I'd like to check my myspace, twitter accounts. The school's server also blocks out many charity sites I work on, because they are viewed as 'social networking'.

MySpace can be used in the classroom, just like YouTube can be. United Streaming only offers so much to teachers and students. I think that reiterating the fact that internet safety is a must at school should be enough. They don't need to block the networks to make us work; we can always find something else to occupy our time if we really don't want to do the course-work. It's just a little bit on the ridiculous side, especially since educational forums are blocked, too.

WayHip (not verified)

Uhhh... you spelled

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Uhhh... you spelled "ridiculous" wrong, also.

jacob (not verified)

I like how all of the kids

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I like how all of the kids that are for it use poor grammer, and use words like "cuz" and the 8th grader doesnt even know how to spell ridiclus, this shows that kids need to take more time studying and less time playing on the internet.

Alicia, Ashley, Katie (not verified)

Heyyyy! Schools schould

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Heyyyy! Schools schould block websites because SOME students like the ones below may look up inappropriate things on the internet. Kids may get bad ideas from these sites. If they really wanted to look that stuff up they could do that at home not at school!!

Tamaya Guzman (not verified)

Computers

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I think that school computers shouldn't block sites cuz of the use of the internet that we need

Terry Roice (not verified)

My Space & Facebook

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Students use My Space and Facebook for a great deal of reading and writing. Allowing teachers to incorporate these tools into their work with students could provide more reflective experiences for students and can allow teachers to take advantage of existing student motivation for more positive results for the students.

Sue (not verified)

Technology In Education

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All technology seems to have positive and negative effects, and social networking sites are no different. I can see how social networking can help gain community support for social problems. Example, Darfur. This could be used in the classroom. Also, when students are using social networking sites, they are still engaging in literacy and looking for answers. They could be seeking career advice, homework assistance, or help with decision making. Access to more information is okay. However, I understand the safety issues surrounding these sites and the lack of guidelines to help users understand the consequences of some postings/interactions.

Anonymous (not verified)

yea but

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yes but some of the school blocking is rediculos .... i am a 8th grader and im doing a project on this internet blocking stuff and EVERY sight that google and ASK give me is BLOCKED !!!! :-(

sammmm (not verified)

honestly

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well honestly
good cyber behavior?
what is that? myspace being blocked really isnt teaching kids anything but to hate teachers and school and to blow off school even more. I'm a straight A athletic student and i get on myspace..does that mean i have bad cyber behavior? alot of people need to think about what they are saying. how many times have you been on myspace? What do you know about it other than what the news has told you? Yes, there are stupid attention craving girls who turn to gross child molesters. that just goes back to the parents deprivation of the kid. And really most teens these days are way smarter at technology and computers than a majority of you adults *give or take the nasa and computer scientists*
so basically what im trying to say is blocking myspace is pointless. theres always gunna be a website you can go on to bypass the myspace block. I know i've used one before and so have almost every person i know (a majority being straight A honor roll students)We havent gotten suspended. And if what educators are trying to tell us is that we are bad people for using myspace well thats great cuz then they are the reason kids kill themselves...get depressed..because they think they are a bad person. what now. lets deprive the people who are going to be running this country someday the beautiful miracle of technology. we should be able to experience everything and the kids who dont have computers end up feeling like losers because all their friends have myspaces but they cant have one because they're too poor. The government needs to think about kids as more of adults..a lot are more grown up then most adults anyway
the choice is yours.

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