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Internet filters are for adults, not kids December 27, 2005

Posted by collaboration in Observations.
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I am convinced that Internet filters are more for adults than kids. I’ll admit that for for students in grades K-5 or so, Internet filtering is probably a good idea. However, if kids are surfing unmonitored at that age then something should be done to the teacher, and not to the student.

However above that age group, Internet filtering simply gets in the way. Kids are more adept at finding ways around commercial quality filtering than anything. Give a kid an hour and the filter become irrelevant. We need to be teaching kids good decision making, not trying to prevent them from stumbling into material they can go home and see.

 

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