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Re: [K12OSN] OT: "MySpace.com" or "policies for when computer use leads to ass

I'm going to say "yes, but..."

Here's why.  You mention that as teachers plug into the same culture as
the kids do...then these issues will go away.  I doubt it...and the reason
is that even the most tech savvy teachers (including me) have no desire to
troll MySpace.com for whatever reason.  In many cases...these activities
are adolescent activities primarily done by young people looking to "hook
up" or "express themselves".  We've all been there, but we're not there
anymore.  We had our own ways of "hooking up" and so forth that our
parents did not know about.  The problem now becomes...the criminal
element.  Their are  multitude of pedophiles out there who have now found
the Internet to be a GREAT place to hunt their prey.  Dateline NBC aired a
special recently about how pedophiles use chatrooms and blogs to meet up
with children.  It was pretty sobering.  It's the nature of adolescents to
think they're invincible...and back in my teen years...that was dangerous,
but primarily only to myself.  Now with the instant availablity of
information....our teens are in even more danger...not from themselves,
but from others...such as pedophiles.  Now...you're right...we can't be
all things....we cannot b parents to these kids.....but I hav emailed
copies of MySpace pages to well meaning parents who simply had no
idea...and once they did....they dealt with it.  It's unlikely, but my own
7th grade daughter could have a "secret" blog online and I may not know
about it.  I've talked about it and educated her...etc., but who knows? 
The other thing to remember is that all of this has mushroomed in a span
of the last couple years.  That's why I think that it's neccessary for us
as tech leaders to begin making parents aware of just what is going on. 
We're planning a parent night just for this purpose.  We plan to show them
what is going on...using examples of MySpace.com...etc. and what they can
do about it....through educating their child or even monitoring their
child.  Every teenager will cry "foul" about invading their space, but
hey....that's what being a parent is all about.  As a parent myself...I
feel a little obligated to help my fellow parents out...by protecting them
as much as possible at school with reasonable content filtering...and by
tipping the parents off to what may be going on that they're not aware of.

"Support list for opensource software in schools." <k12osn redhat com> on
Wed Jan 25 2006 at 11:01 +0000 wrote:
>Look, the only thing I worry about here is going too far with the amount
>of responsibilty schools put on themselves to raise children. That is all
>I am saying. 
>Also please do not automatically peg my being (by my own admission)
>young"er" with not being experienced enough to offer an opinion. I am not
>saying anything about a "Laissez faire" attitude, I just offer caution
>with going too far the other way. I am not saying content filtering is
>bad or that an eye shouldn't be looked at certain things. My point is
>that it isn't the only issue that should be brought to light. It upsets
>me that we are in a world when you jump on me for suggesting that parents
>be responsible for their own children. 
>I don't think I want to go to far into the age thing, but please do not
>discriminate against my saying I was younger. I offered that to suggest
>as teachers get more tech savy and actually "plug" into the same culture
>as the kids, a lot of these issues will go away. Not all, but teachers
>will be able to model good behavior. Not going to solve everything, that
>was just the point I was making. 
>Now about your teacher taken away in handcuffs. I would like to hear more
>about it. Is it your responsibility as a school to keep the individual
>out of trouble? I would argue to a point, yes. Where that point is is the
>question, and invariably will lie in a different place in different
>situations, as it should. I do not beleive it is laissez faire to say
>this but schools should be leary of just blocking "stuff." It just
>reminds me too much of China. Maybe I have read 1984 too much. Actually
>it stems from all that Lawrence Lessig. 
>By the way, good discussion. I like a little heat on the list.
>Tim Hart
>"Young, but know a thing or two."
>On 1/24/06, Jim Hays <[ mailto:haysja sages us ]haysja sages us> wrote:
>You say you are young enough to participate in many of the same tech 
>activities as the kids.  I take that to mean that you haven't had a lot
>of experience in the educational world.  This "laissez faire" attitude
>is real nice until a group of FBI agents and Homeland Security Agents 
>and State Police show up at the front door and you as the technology
>coordinator get  pulled into the middle of a "mess".  An hour later one
>of our most respected teachers was lead away in handcuffs because of 
>what he was doing online.
>Now that will change your views on content filtering in a hurry.
>Timothy Hart wrote:
>> On 1/24/06, *Tom Hoffman* <[ mailto:tom hoffman gmail com ]
>tom hoffman gmail com
>> <mailto:[ mailto:tom hoffman gmail com ]tom hoffman gmail com>> wrote:
>>     Yes, but doesn't becoming more tech savvy = being able to navigate
>>     MySpace, etc., oneself?
>> Yes, I agree.
>>     There is nothing either fascist or censorial about reading public
>>     material on the web.  Part of being tech savvy is understanding
>> I am saying that it would be a waste to have someone reading all the
>> material looking for people saying mean things and what not. My point
>> was as we do become more tech savy this will happen automatically. 
>>     The question is whether or not the school has effective methods of
>>     addressing issues in students lives that aren't strictly punitive
>>     (advisors, counselors, mentors, therapists, etc.). 
>> I agree also to a point. I do have to point out here that the first
>> line of responsibility if the parent. It takes a parent, not a village
>> to raise a child. The village should support and nuture. I have been 
>> reading a lot of material that suggests other wise, so I am kind of
>> wound up on that fact.
>> I beleive we are on the same page Tom. I think we are just looking at
>> it from different angles. 
>>     --Tom
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