Internet Censorship: How it effects education Essay

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Internet Censorship: How it effects education How does Internet censorship effect education? That is the question that needs to be answered. Censorship cannot be completely done away with in schools, society, and the law would simply not allow it. The internet also cannot be completely censored, because the technology for that simply does not exist. People have various stances on this issue and they can be split up into four general groups: The Government, parents, students, and teachers. They all have different views on the issue, although who is right or wrong has not yet been decided. First, it is important to know a few facts. Under present United States Federal Law, the CIPA, or the (Children's Internet Protection Act) requires …show more content…
For every web page blocked correctly, the software blocks one or more pages inappropriately, either because the pages was miscategorized, or the page simply did not merit blocking under CIPA regulations. The blocking software inappropriately blocked 78%-85% of the sample pages. Therefore, this blocking software that schools are required to use, blocks many pages directly related to state mandated curriculum. (NET BLOCK) The also lies another reason why schools use this internet blocking technology. Kids, especially high school kids, like social networking. Sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, Hi5, ect. are very popular. If these kinds of sites were allowed in school, especially with many students using laptops, one would assume not much work would get done due to the distraction. Parents in general tend to be a bit protective of their children. In fact, many parents want something above and beyond what technology can presently do for us. They want "perfect" internet censorship. A protective parent wants everything censored, even things that do not fall in to CIPA categories. Those categories include: 1. Obscenity 2. Pornography 3. Content that is "harmful" to minors
Recent polls have showed that parents want more categories, such as drugs, violence, social networking, instant messaging, e-mail, games, alcohol. Parents of course have a right to be concerned, although technology has not yet been developed to quite meet their

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