June 8, 2023

No SchoolSpace for MySpace

There’s a new law in congress that would require any school recieving federal funds to block acccess to any “commercially operated website that allows users to create web pages or profiles that provide information about themselves and are available to other users.”

It’s an attempt to ban MySpace from schools, but the way it’s worded it could also include any forum or blog (including this one… which is already blocked from some schools, and Ford HQ) Just goes to show you the power of your domain’s history.

The bill also goes on to suggest blocking IM access in school too..

While I agree all of these things can be dangerous if used improperly, they can also be great learning tools.

Here’s a great idea: Instead of just banning all the sites out of paranoid fear, lets try educating our children.

After all, predators can only hurt you if you give them your personal information. Education is the problem here, not the sites.

If tradition serves though, personal responsibility has no place in our new society.

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