[LINK] Survey Finds Support for School Filters (USA)
Tue, 24 Oct 2000 11:32:03 +1100
Gordon Keith wrote:
> 1) primary school children who accidentally encounter porn when _they_
> don't want to.
I think it's important to keep in mind that schools vary greatly:
primary schools are different to high schools, and an academically
oriented selective girls school is different to a standard state
school in a economically depressed area. The idea that a single
solution should be applied from kindergarten students across to 17
year olds doing their matriculation is just insane (which is one
reason I worry about state-wide schemes run by education departments).
Anyway, I don't have a major problem with censorware in primary
schools. This is partly because I think computers and Net access
are much less important at that age. It's important that kids come
to feel comfortable around them and learn a bit about using them,
but in terms of actual access to online resources... Well, I was
about as precocious a 10 year old as they come, and I'd scream blue
murder if deprived of Net access now, but I can't see that I'd really
have benefited much from it back then.