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Reasons why we should do away with internet filters. Answered

Internet filters suck.  Here's why we should throw this sh*t away:

- Most filters restrict LEGIT sites, like wikipedia, Youtube, Facebook, etc.
- It slows your internet speed down somewhat.
- The workarounds make your surfing experience way too slow.
- Censorship in general sucks.
- It takes away freedom, which is already gradually ebbing away..
- So people don't try and steal my iPhone to look up porn because the PC's are blocked.

People should have common sense to just hit the X button if they stumble on content they find offensive.

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Doesn't work like that, child protection law is a big part of the reasoning behind internet filters in schools etc. the reason for other legit sites being blocked is often down to productivity and distractions...

I know of several schools where accessing Facebook on school computers is now a disciplinary offence, and of at least one school where staff have been told that simply having a Facebook page, even if it is never used in school time, could be considered grounds for dismissal, using the logic that it could be an inappropriate way to interact with pupils.


Staff are not allowed to have Facebook profiles?

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 I just read that, I think that's complete utter BULLSHIT. Teachers have a life too you know, and you're telling me that a teacher isn't allowed to have a facebook page or they'll be fire? OMG

I think that's a bit extreme, though I suppose zero tolerance is less effort than just paying attention...

As for the kids accessing it, I can see the whole distraction or non productive use of school computers issue but honestly the filters don't stop people - at the end of the day it's usually policed in the room there and then and repeated offending could drive up the punishments...

That said the majority of people use their phone if they want to...

Our filters are imposed at county level, according to the age-range of the pupils in the school.

As for phones - they're banned at my school, so not a problem.

Then don't let them take your phone....

When someone breaks into a bank, they don't let them in by opening the vault for them... Same in this case.

My point remains the same.... don't let them take your phone.

I don't.  But that doesn't keep people from taking it no matter what.

what like school computers?

Heehee... new picture... It's a joke guys.

Filters are there to protect people - they protect the students from content they may not be (should not be) used to confronting up close, or from cyber-bullying.

They protect schools from the problems caused when a child's first exposure to porn, foul language, ritual torture etc is in the middle of a lesson at school, or when they get bullied remotely.

If you are using workarounds to get at material your school has deemed inappropriate, you are wasting learning time.

If you want to access the filtered sites, go home. 

Consider this: If you aren't willing to use them where your family can see the screen, should you be using those websites at all?



I find it rather redundant.  If the student is going to find out about these things later on in life, then what is the point of stopping them from seeing it in the first place? 

The first reason I had up there was LEGITIMATE sites were being blocked along with ones deemed inappropriate.  Do you see a problem when online encyclopedias are blocked?  I sure do. 

That's an issue you need to raise with your school's network manager.

It could be because the school is fed up with students simply copying and pasting a wkipedia page in lieu of actual research?


no comment.

Nobody does that around here.

When you issue "no comment" you should not comment after wards.

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The conversation branched off into 2 different topics, I had no comment for Kiteman's first sentence, and a reply for the second one.

I smell the fear of a caught-out student!

Your school would like you to have full access to everything, but because it can't truststudents not to abuse the facility by looking up sick & twisted Japanese-porn and loads of other stuff - you are restricted. Someone will do it if they can.

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the ones at our school are way to easy to get around, although I cant get youtube from google I can get to it though ibles, my point is screw the filters just find a way to get round them.

You know what, thinking about it, there should be a filter, but it should work like this:

Only smart people can use the internet.  If the filter detects a person typing in "txt speak", it plants a virus in your computer as a warning.  If the filter detects you insulting people, it blocks you from visiting ANY website on the internet.  If you call someone gay, it formats your computer.  

Which filters - home / school?

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goeon

8 years ago

 totally agree!