College Blocks Facebook for a Week

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    A Week Without Facebook? Students At A Pennsylvania College Give It A Shot - cbs3.com

    Great idea. I think every school try this. Comments?
     
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    How are they doing this, chanel? What technology would allow the college to block only certain websites?
     
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    I imagine its fairly simple Madeline. There are parental controls people can get that just block certain sites.

    Our school had just about everything useful blocked at one time, but now we just have to contact the tech guy, give an "educational reason" to unblock it, and they comply. Its much better now.

    I imagine the kids can go a block away and steal someones Wifi or even use 3G on their phones, but it sounds like most of the kids will try it.
     
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    I didn't realize such software could be installed at an ISP level...I thought it had to be on each PC's hard drive. Not to hijack your excellent thread, but if this can be done, wouldn't it solve many problems at K-12 schools to follow suit?

    I wonder if they are blocking the bazillion social networking sites out there, or just facebook and twitter?

    Anyway...I'd miss USMB if I didn't log on for a week, but facebook? Not a chance. And I'm not on twitter...the concept escapes me. WTF cares what I'm doing from one hour to the next? I barely care myself.
     
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    If you enjoy being data mined by corporate america, the NSA, the FBI, or even the CIA then facebook is the place for you.
     
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    They said "facebook, linkedin, myspace, twitter, and IM"

    I was under the impression that all K-12 schools had these sites blocked.

    I'd miss USMB as well. I can't get it on my PC at school but I do have my blackberry. Tee hee. :eusa_whistle:

    My son and his college friends tried a "digital cleanse" for two weeks. No social networking OR texting - voice messaging only. He lasted about three days. :lol:
     
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    Ya, privacy is a huge concern, RC Christian.
     
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    Well, there's blocking and then there's blocking. What use is it to install software on school-owned PC's when the kids are accessing the 'net all day via their phones, etc.?

    I hear ya on the kid-needs-to-text thingie. You'd think we were raising a generation of mutes, they way these kids avoid using their voices to communicate.
     
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    Yes. Don't get me started on cell phones. I've seen kids threaten security for trying to take away phones. A teacher in NJ was hospitalized after trying to take a kid's phone.

    I've given the lecture a hundred times. It's not only rude to text in class; it's detrimental to their learning. And even more importantly, it's an addiction that even affects their driving. I expect to hear more and more death by autos due to this compulsion. Scares the bejesus outta me.
     
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    I know we've discussed this before, but I think it bears repeating: K-12 schools should install jammers and allow 'net access only through school owned and supervised PC's. Kids do NOT NOT NOT need to insty-access the world during school hours.
     
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