The Instigator
audraxheartsxyou
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The Contender
nerdyandnotsoproud
Con (against)
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45 Points

Myspace Shouldn't Be Blocked.

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Started: 12/3/2007 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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audraxheartsxyou

Pro

Myspace shouldn't be blocked on any school campus considering almost every kid can get on it because of a proxy. If they get stalked or something like that you can always change your security settings.
nerdyandnotsoproud

Con

From reading your first post, I'm guessing you have a myspace. And may I also assert that you are probably a hopeless nerd who spends hours online chatting to friends until your brains turn into goo?... Just kidding! Actually, I just described my typical day, except I make fun of my "friends" on youtube and annoy them until they block me. Well, maybe that's not exactly my typical day, but it has happened! Personally, I don't like myspace, largely because I have no idea how to use it, but I honestly don't care whether you are into it or not. Anyways, now that my waste of an intro is over, let's get to the real point: Should myspace be blocked?

Well, students go to school primarily to learn. Myspace doesn't grant any educational value, and it certainly doesn't help a student with his or her studies. Schools were built to educate its pupils in the best possible environment. Distractions such as myspace, can really deter a student's ability to concentrate and function properly. Myspace is fine for socializing, but it is just becomes another form of a distraction when implemented inside of a school. I'm not against using myspace, I just think it's inappropriate to have access to myspace at school. After all, school is for learning, so there's really no need for myspace on school grounds.
Debate Round No. 1
audraxheartsxyou

Pro

Hi nerdyandnotsoproud!

Well your intro made me laugh.

Anyway, Myspace is a form of socialization that shouldn't be blocked. Yes, kids do need a form of free time after there work is completed or a sense of a free day. It's not like getting on it during school hours can be stopped anyway. A lot of kids no proxies or just get on with their cell phones, which are also not allowed powered on on school campus during school hours (different topic). It kind of relates to the use of marijuana or prostitution (not in the same sense), you can't stop it, so don't try. You can enforce it, but the millions of people out there are still breaking the law. Just like the kids still text during class and get away with wearing the clothes their not supposed to. Considering most kids can still get on, why not let all the kids welcome to Myspace instead of just a few.
nerdyandnotsoproud

Con

nerdyandnotsoproud forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
audraxheartsxyou

Pro

Well...
I don't really have much of an argument left.
Let's see...

Myspace shouldn't be blocked.
Not saying teachers should encourage it. But it shouldn't be blocked. Considering a lot of people are on it all the time anyway. Just like yahoo.
nerdyandnotsoproud

Con

Sorry, been busy lately. anyways, you bring up a good point; people will always be willing to break them. But that doesn't give us the excuse to condone them and look away. We still have to fight for what is right. Just because something is difficult to stop, doesn't mean we can forget about it. It's kinda like that one weird christ88 kid said on the comments; allowing myspace to be available during school will only encourage people to neglect school work and focus on myspace.

Well, that's all I can write. If you come up with a new debate, I'll be happy to present an argument... if the topic is even remotely interesting. Just kidding!... but seriously, make it worthwhile...
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by gonovice 9 years ago
gonovice
I have to agree with audra. just because kids already know how to get on it. I mean if you use certain things you can get onto it. what's the point in blocking it if they can get on anyways.
Posted by audraxheartsxyou 9 years ago
audraxheartsxyou
Consider this:

New programs allow the teachers to block the internet when they don't want the students on it. They can easily unblock it for free time.
Posted by kels1123 9 years ago
kels1123
There is no reason or need for a student to be on myspace during school hours. Is it educational, no!
Posted by nicolettesue 9 years ago
nicolettesue
While I would agree that the censorship of the internet at public schools is a little extreme, myspace does not fall into that category for me. School takes perhaps eight hours of your day--there are sixteen hours left for myspace (which is plenty, believe me).

My personal opinions aside, the pro side did not assert any strongly compelling arguments. Just because it's there and easily accessible does not mean that it should be allowed--there's very little stopping you from pushing the kids next to you into the lockers while passing through the hallway, but you don't. Why not? Because there's a rule against it. Pushing kids into lockers is not conducive to a safe social environment, just the same as allowing myspace to be accessed from the school servers is not conducive to a focused learning environment. The enforceability of the rule doesn't negate its importance.

My vote goes to the con side.
Posted by Harlan 9 years ago
Harlan
If it is not blocked, people would be on it when they are supposedly doing work.
Posted by christ88 9 years ago
christ88
Saying that you can't stop people from using Myspace is essentially true, but you can discourage it. If the teachers at a school told their students that talking while they were talking was acceptable, would any students listen? Now while the teachers have a hard time enforcing the silence rule, they control the classroom with the fact that they have prohibited it. This same idea applies to Myspace. If the teachers did in fact tell students they were allowed to be on Myspace, the students would take it as open reign to indulge in the internet rather than the teacher.
Posted by nerdyandnotsoproud 9 years ago
nerdyandnotsoproud
to person_16:
well, this website isn't limited to "important" debates; you can debate about whatever topic you please. I think its great that people exchange thoughts on even simple subjects. It's a good way to see through another's perspective.
Posted by person_16 9 years ago
person_16
How many more irrelevant debates complaining about school rules are there going to be?!
Posted by Gege 9 years ago
Gege
i think you should be allowed to use my space on campus, because kids need a break from schoolwork sometimes!
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