I agree with most of that article in intent. I would love to believe in accountability and action, cause and effect, but in itself that leads to more work for people who barely have time to do their job as it exists.
But at the end of the day, in a manner of speaking if I don't want my kids to find my stash of porn, I hide it under the mattress and don't tell them about it, akin to direct filtering. Otherwise, it's like telling the kids I do have a stack of jazz-mags, where they are and saying "please don't go see them". They know it's there, and they are in fact kids - curious and devious by their very nature.
I would be inclined to stick my neck out far enough to suggest that if morally, we were 20-25 years ago but technologically where we are now - so young people could be effectively and correctly disciplined, this would be a non issue, and the cause/effect would have the obvious knock-on effect of stopping people doing it via accountability.
john (13th October 2009)
The main point is that the filter is *not* the only tool ... and some schools actually pass the buck by relying on the filter instead of dealing with problems in the classroom.
The main reason for filtering in schools for me is that if you don't have it, *someone* is going to have to spend a huge amount of time carefully monitoring what the students are doing and looking out for cyberbullying etc.
Now, who has the time to do that? Not teachers - not techies
So the children are all left to get on with it, are they?
I think the main reason for filters is that if little Jonnie see's something he shouldn't on the internet and goes banzai then it's not the schools and ultimately my ass on the line!
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