Who is Blocking Who?

Who is Blocking Who?

By Kaleb Fullbright

Many schools have internet and wi-fi, due to the new BYOD (bring your own device) policy. Wi-fi can be used for students to do school work on devices instead of paper and it is a very helpful thing. Many schools block websites that involve
pornography, social media, and “adult” content, but most of those “adult” websites are just streaming websites such as Netflix , Hulu and YouTube which can end up being used in the classrooms anyway.

 

Pros of blocking the internet:

  1. The students can’t do whatever they want on the internet, making the students have more reason to do their work.
  2. The staff won’t have to keep looking over the students shoulders to make sure they’re on “appropriate” websites
  3. The students won’t be as distracted.

 

Cons of blocking the internet:

  1. Staff need a password to access YouTube which is often used.
  2. Some teachers are limited  to what they can use on the internet. For example, in  computer graphics,  if the teacher wanted to use imgur to inspire his/her students, he/she cannot because it is blocked.
  3. Most students have a “get around”, which allows them to not care about the wifi and do whatever they want on the internet.
  4. It uses way too much time and energy to block the websites. “Why waste time blocking websites?” stated Senior Nathan Getz.

In my opinion FCPS should unblock the “adult” and streaming websites; it’s useless to block websites that are just going to get used with that bypass the FCPS firewall. Honestly FCPS should stop spending all that time and effort to block websites and use the energy on teaching the students better.