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Should teachers be able monitor a student's computer?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/17/2010 Category: Education
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Voting Period
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DzK

Con

Teachers should not be able to monitor a students computer.
InsertNameHere

Pro

Good luck to both my opponent and I in this brief, but interesting debate. :)

First off, I'll attempt to argue that a teacher should indeed monitor a student's computer screen. School computers are there for school intended purposes so should be used as such. Without somebody watching how would we know the students are on task, not playing games, looking at pornography, etc? Games are appropriate for a person's free time, not during school work times. As for pornography, not only is it inappropriate for school, but it's also illegal for anybody underage. Schools cannot be responsible for engaging in illegal activities. My position stands that without a teacher taking precautions a student could be engaging in activities online that could influence their ability to complete school work.

Now I'll hand this over to my opponent. Good luck! =)
Debate Round No. 1
DzK

Con

Thank you, my opponent for accepting my debate and for delivering your points but I have a few counter points and some new points I would like to bring up.

//School computers are there for school intended purposes so should be used as such. Without somebody watching how would we know the students are on task, not playing games, looking at pornography, etc?//

Students will most likely want the sense of responsibility when they are given a computer. Will they like it when they find out they are not trusted by the people they should trust the most, their teachers!

In my school we each bought a personal laptop computer with our money. I would not like it if I were being monitored by my teachers.

You also said that a student may not be trusted and may go on games and look at porn but what if the teacher could not be trusted. What if they looked at the students when they were at home. Isn't that an invasion of privacy?

Thank you and good luck in this debate.
InsertNameHere

Pro

Thank you for your rebuttals.

First off, my opponent states that a teacher monitoring computer use is an issue of trust. However, my opponent fails to point out the possibility of cyber crime. Wouldn't it be trustworthy for a teacher to watch a student's computer to prevent them being a victim of cyber crime, especially if they're younger children? Younger children may not be fully aware of these things so could require extra monitoring as they would be more vulnerable as a result.

Secondly, my opponent mentions that a teacher may watch a student's computer outside of school hours. This is highly unlikely as that isn't the teacher's responsibility. The student isn't in school so can have free time to do whatever they want online. Also, it would probably be illegal for a teacher to do so and I doubt they would want to risk losing their career over something so minor. The risks just aren't worth it. It's during class time that a teacher should monitor.

Good luck in round 3. :
Debate Round No. 2
DzK

Con

/Wouldn't it be trustworthy for a teacher to watch a student's computer to prevent them being a victim of cyber crime, especially if they're younger children?/
If younger children would to have a laptop, why would the issue of cyber bullying have to do with teachers and school, wouldn't that have to do with parents keeping up with a child's life?
/Secondly, my opponent mentions that a teacher may watch a student's computer outside of school hours. This is highly unlikely as that isn't the teacher's responsibility./
You say that a student may start playing games and betray a teachers trust in class so why wouldn't a teacher betray a students trust and go on after school hours?
/Also, it would probably be illegal for a teacher to do so and I doubt they would want to risk losing their career over something so minor./
Wouldn't one be risking their education by going on games and porn in class?
In conclusion, I strongly say that having a students computer monitored is invasion of pri
InsertNameHere

Pro

Thank you again. :)

I'll like to begin by addressing my opponent's statement about young children having laptops. He states that if a young child has a laptop then it's the parent's responsibility to monitor the child. However, if that child was using that laptop in a school then it would automatically become the teacher's responsibility as the parent isn't at the school. Young children need to be monitored on a computer due to the harmful things out there such as cyber bullying.

Secondly, a teacher monitoring a computer is not a matter of "betraying trust". It would be an illegal move on the teacher's part to do it after hours. As I said in the last round it just wouldn't be worth the risks of losing their career.

Lastly, if a student wants to risk their education by going on games and porn sites during class then perhaps they just shouldn't be in school? School is a learning environment and should be treated as such.

Good luck to both me and my opponent. Happy voting!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by i8JoMomma 6 years ago
i8JoMomma
no
Posted by Goldmarker 6 years ago
Goldmarker
teacher already monitor are computers at school

but we have found away around it ;)
Posted by DifferentView 6 years ago
DifferentView
To what extent are we discussing? During a class, outside a class, at home..? How far would a teacher see?
Posted by InsertNameHere 7 years ago
InsertNameHere
Haha neopets? I remember playing that. I loved it! :D
Posted by lovelife 7 years ago
lovelife
I don't think teachers should monitor what students are doing, especially older students that should have an ability to choose right or wrong, or even a balance of both (like I know I would).

I wouldn't be looking at porn in my science class, that's just kinda creepy but it happens, and no matter how much people try to monitor there are ways to get around them.

Maybe having certain websites that are well known to be distracting should be blocked on the school internet, but I don't even support that. I work my best when I have some youtube going on, and if some people don't then they should be responsible without being watched all the time.

It should be a personal choice especially at a highschool level, because it teaches the students to do whats right even when no one is watching, which is a key part in living an adult life.

Not arguing that small children should be watched, but restrictions and monitoring should be eased when they get older, not stronger. (I used to have no limitiation on the internet, some sites got blocked when I was 10 including neopets. I think my dragon thingy is starving by now, and now every time I go somewhere I'm scared my parents will go through and prove how bad it is. Like when I clicked a link on a debate a few months ago. Thats why I never actually look at links i debates anymore btw)
Posted by xxdarkxx 7 years ago
xxdarkxx
...really?

DzK, how would the matter of teachers monitoring students computers after school hours even become apart of this debate, Schools have an AUP (acceptable use policy) that states what students may not do on the computers, this AUP only applies while using the school computers or the school's network, It is a completely illegal to monitor a students computer usage outside of schools, as that would most likely warrant hacking.

Also, in a reality there is no need for teachers to monitor students on the computer, that is done by the tech advisers over the network. This is there job, not the teachers.
Posted by DzK 7 years ago
DzK
I am i'm sorry I did it so late though
Posted by Atheism 7 years ago
Atheism
Hm, it seems to me that Dzk is not going to make a rebuttal of some sort. Pity, I really was looking forward to this.
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