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Should schools use a proxy server

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Started: 10/8/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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LukeOsborn

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Schools are using proxy's to block websites, should schools use proxy's or should they just trust the kids? I think people in high school should have the right to use their computer as they please, without the proxy's.
Ultranothing

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"Just trust the kids." Just go ahead and blindly trust a building full of between 250-1500 children and adolescents, aged 4 to 18.

Let the kids use the school resources and equipment "as they please," with no restrictions at all.

That's your argument? Is this what I'm reading?

Social networking, online gaming and adult-themed websites have little or no educational value and should be blocked from school networks during school hours, or always, depending on the site. They are not only distracting to students who are there to learn, but they can clog network resources and bandwidth.

Filters should absolutely be applied to educational networks and certain sites could be approved on an individual basis by asking permission from school staff, who would review the site for its' educational value as it pertained to that student's needs and make a decision as to whether the site was acceptable.

The common complaint from students is that restrictions on school networks are impeding their ability to learn because educational sites are being blocked in addition to non-educational sites. While a student could request a review of a specific blocked website for its' educational value, the actual goal of the argument is to try to prove that network filters are an impediment to their education to try to get them lifted, which would give the student access to the social networking sites, games and adult content that they're actually after.

I'd even argue that the internet shouldn't be accessible at ALL without a teacher's consent, on an as-needed basis and only as part of a lesson plan or curriculum.
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