Joining the chorus of many other media outlets, Reuters has a short article about the evils of kids writing blogs, with an emphasis, of course, on “everybody’s nightmare”, MySpace.
The really sad part, however, comes late in the piece.
Pam Christman, director of technology programs and network services at the Rhode Island Network for Educational Technology, said about 40 percent of the state’s schools had also sought bans on a long list of Web blogging sites.
Banning a “long list” of blogging sites is the typical scattershot approach taken by many schools when dealing with any technology educators don’t understand. In the process, we also shut out large amounts of good information, not to mention great opportunities for learning.
The gut reaction on view in Rhode Island is similar to the experience related in one of Will’s recent posts. In it he tells the story of a teacher whose school district has blocked blogs being written by his students as part of his planned instructional program.
Sorry, this approach will not protect kids from the real world. The best we can do is help them learn to cope with and filter for themselves all the stuff (good and bad) they find on the web.