Should Social Networking Sites Be Banned From Schools?
I read this Huffington Post article a little while ago out of pure interest. I never really intended on writing anything about it, but I can’t quite get it out of my head. Basically, the article discusses the recent action that Rhode Island has taken against the evils of social networking (muahahaha <— that’s my evil laugh. Imagine me doing it right now while drumming my fingertips together a la Mr. Burns).
I understand the intentions behind the new bill, as it would be a means to protect younger students from the perils of cyber-bullying, but they’re taking it just a bit too far, no? I know that parents and teachers all the world over want to protect their children and students from the everlasting scars of childhood bullying, but I don’t believe it’s right to ban something which has become so integral in our society such as Facebook. I’m sure that being bullied is no picnic, but will the bullying really stop if, at the school, the sites are all down? Probably not. Bullies will be bullies, regardless of the outlet.
I think that the most ridiculous part of this proposal is that,should the bill be passed, they would announce it…wait for it…via social networking sites. Wow. The article’s author, Adam Goldstein, says it best when he writes: ” The bill would need Governor Lincoln D. Chafee’s signature. Of course, he has a Twitter account. And of course, if he signed it, he’d be ‘stopping bullying’ by preventing kids from reading his own words”.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
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I am a university graduate, and I now work for a private college. I began writing this blog as a means to inform people about issues pertaining to higher education, both publicly and privately funded.
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