October 20, 2016
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Collinsville High School students are facing the drawbacks to internet filtering head- on as many websites used for homework are blocked or missing content.
School librarian, Mrs. Schmidt said, “It’s frustrating. I was teaching a class using a website called Animoto. There were some things I could see on my screen but the students could not see on their screen. I couldn’t continue teaching the class.”
Why are so many websites blocked? How are students supposed to continue learning if more than half the websites are blocked? Admittedly, many websites do not have “pretty things,” but more than likely students are on there for school work. Youtube has lots of learning videos. Blocking websites is just blocking us from learning.
“Students are not completely blocked from YouTube. They have access to videos that YouTube deems educational. Any YouTube video can be allowed for students to view by any teacher or staff approving the video. The main reasons for this are to prevent students from viewing inappropriate content at school,” said Caleb Dick, Assistant Network Supervisor, when asked about internet filtering.