Ill. School to Monitor Student Blogs

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A school in Ill. is going to monitor student blogs and myspace and the like. These arent blogs that the students write in during SCHOOL time, but while at home or the public library.
If the school finds content they disaprove of , they are going to take disciplanary action towards the students AT school!

The board of Community High School District 128 voted unanimously on Monday to require that all students participating in extracurricular activities sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of "illegal or inappropriate" behavior posted on the Internet could be grounds for disciplinary action.

One parent said this :

Mary Greenberg of Lake Bluff, who has a son at Libertyville High School, argued the district is overstepping its bounds.

"I don't think they need to police what students are doing online," she said. "That's my job."

Saying that the blogs are in the World Wide Web, and therefore it is not a provacy issue, the school board scoffs at criticism.

What side are you on? is it the parents job to monitor their kids Web usage or the schools job to check into their activities, activities that take place outside the school, and use those things against them in the school?

I am very against this.Now if a student came up and said to the teacher " Hey Bob wrote about how he is going to shoot Sally and Robby during lunch on Tuesday on his blog " thats very different. In a case like that, the teacher should go to the Police, not try to deal with it on their own! Punishing Students for swearing, talking about sex and drugs ~ No Thank You! If they arent swearing as they fornicate in the janitors room while snorting a line, then its of no business of the school... now if mom and dad found out, that would be a different story!


Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

I agree. This is way out of line.

Damn, times have changed.

3:49 AM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Webmiztris said...

Oh, that is BULLSHIT! I don't know how the school could possibly know about students' blogs though. If a student doesn't tell the school about her/his blog, and she/he doesn't use their real name on the blog, how could the school ever find out about it anyway? Sounds fishy to me.

8:55 AM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger Bluepaintred said...

i have a link to the article. but they are syaing that all students must sign an agreement about blogs. personally i would just pretend i dont have one!

8:59 AM, May 25, 2006  
Blogger ablondeblogger said...

There was news here recently in my county that school officials openly check student web sites on My Space and such. They made it sound like it was no big deal. I tend to agree with you. Unless there are threats or something like that, it's none of their business.

11:09 AM, May 26, 2006  

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