What a wonderful thing to discover first thing Monday morning: someone in our overly large school district has decided to block flickr. Add that to a growing list of stupid choices.
All of our students are, of course, protected from the evils of MySpace. In most (if not all) of our high schools they may not use YouTube, iTunes, Bloglines, or anything with a blogspot address.
Many elementary schools have put Google Images behind the barrier. A few schools at all levels are even stopping del.icio.us.
I hope our administrators understand that hiding these and other resources only offers an incredibly false sense of security to the adults involved.
I’m pretty sure many of our students (even in elementary schools) already know at least some of the workarounds on Boing, Boing’s Guide to Defeating Censorware.
If not, I’m tempted to send the list to some of them myself.
It’s time to stop playing these games and instead teach our students how to effectively and responsibly use these Web 2.0 tools.