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Do schools have the right to block student access to certain websites?

Posted by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM
Kim
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The ACLU has sent letters to Rochester High School demanding it stop blocking access from school computers to Web sites aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

According to the ACLU, blocking these sites violates the right to free speech, and violates the right of equal access to school resources by all extracurricular school organizations.

Fill in the blanks....What about Pro____ or Anti____ websites?

What are your thoughts about schools blocking student web access...is this a good or bad thing?

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Woodbabe
by Woodie on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Its not the public library and schools have a right to ban site that they feel are unnecessary at school. They ban game sites, social networking, all sorts of things. These kids don't have a 'right' to access any site they want, they can do that at home on their own time.

Jenny-talia
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM

 I suppose it depends on if there is any value in the website - does it offer support, resources, information etc?  Does it simply pontificate or spread negativity? 

I wouldn't support blocking websites that are politically based - on any end of the political spectrum - as long as those sites do not promote hate, condone violence, or encourage discrimination against a protected class. 

txsDva
by Bronze Member on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:48 PM


Quoting Woodbabe:

Its not the public library and schools have a right to ban site that they feel are unnecessary at school. They ban game sites, social networking, all sorts of things. These kids don't have a 'right' to access any site they want, they can do that at home on their own time.

YUP!

" it aint what they calls you....its what you answer to."

                                                               madaea...

romalove
by Roma on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

What a ridiculous lawsuit.  By that reasoning you can't block porn sites either, after all, there's "freedom of speech".  Oh wait, and the school library must have the Kama Sutra on the shelf and Penthouse out for loan because we don't want to have anything not available to the children.

Good grief....the school can restrict the Internet to anything the feel works best for the children to be educated.  Anything not within those parameters SHOULD be off limits, including Facebook.

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:53 PM

 

Quoting Woodbabe:

Its not the public library and schools have a right to ban site that they feel are unnecessary at school. They ban game sites, social networking, all sorts of things. These kids don't have a 'right' to access any site they want, they can do that at home on their own time.

    Agree.

KC33
by Kim on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:57 PM

 You ladies make good points but I'm still sitting on the fence because I can't decide if it's a completely good thing to allow a school to pick and choose what they want to block. kwim?

wickedfiress
by Kellie on Mar. 28, 2011 at 1:58 PM


Quoting Jenny-talia:

 I suppose it depends on if there is any value in the website - does it offer support, resources, information etc?  Does it simply pontificate or spread negativity? 

I wouldn't support blocking websites that are politically based - on any end of the political spectrum - as long as those sites do not promote hate, condone violence, or encourage discrimination against a protected class. 

This... and also it may not even be that they are meaning to restrict access to support, perhaps the "parental controls" on the computers are blocking the websites because of the words "bi, gay, lesbian, transgender" because all of those are also categories of pornography, which I think we can all agree SHOULD be blocked at school.


It's amazing how people don't hold themselves to the standards they set for others.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:00 PM

I am opposed to censorship in every context.

gilbertgrl627
by on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM

This.

Quoting Woodbabe:

Its not the public library and schools have a right to ban site that they feel are unnecessary at school. They ban game sites, social networking, all sorts of things. These kids don't have a 'right' to access any site they want, they can do that at home on their own time.


Woodbabe
by Woodie on Mar. 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM


Quoting LindaClement:

I am opposed to censorship in every context.

So you support the schools allowing access to porn sites?

 Sexy If its unladylike, fattening or fun, I'm in!
  

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