Website Filtering Inhibits Crucial Student Research

By Tower Staff

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Originally published here

The selective blocking of websites has caused irritation among students conducting research for school projects and activities.

Students often lose precious time during lab days and tutorials trying to find websites that aren’t blocked. This time could’ve been used more efficiently if more websites were open to those certain topics. Assignments dealing with controversial issues like drugs, rape, abortion, and violence are what tend to leave kids struggling to gather information and pictures for projects.

Research engines and databases are on the school website for these touchy subjects, but the credible websites might not always be as clear and easily understood because they are lengthy and college level sources. These databases often give alternative websites to students with the information they’re looking for, but the alternatives are often books or other blocked websites that make for more time wasted.

The administration has attempted to lift some restrictions because they know that the CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) is intended to protect students K-12. This presents research challenges for older students in organizations that require the ability to transfer forms or look up world or societal issues.

Admittedly, it is difficult for the administration to be able to anticipate violent or inappropriate advertisements or distracting material, but eliminating access to information will stifle the advanced student.

PowerPoint’s, research papers, and presentations frequently require examples of photos and/or videos that students get frustrated trying to find online. Teachers allow work days and time in the library for students to use their time wisely, but blocking many sites gives students an excuse to waste that time given because they know they have to go home and research the information.

Lifting regulations on high school research will allow for a more effective use of time for both the teachers and students.

About Grace Masback

Grace Masback, 17, aspires to give voice to the voiceless and holds the modest ambition of becoming the voice of Gen Z. Frustrated by the dearth of impactful platforms for teen journalists, she founded WANT, a news, sports, and entertainment website that aggregates the best in high school journalism from school newspapers and teen bloggers around the world (www.wantnewsforteens.com).

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