Most parents are aware that children today do a lot of communicating through the internet. A number of interactive websites such as MySpace.com have become very popular. Like most things in this life, it isn't ALL good. Because there has been some abuse of these sites both by young people and by adults, there are people trying to limit their use.
Here, the LA Times reports a bill that would attempt to ban these sites from schools and public libraries.
First of all, many schools have already blocked access to these sites just to keep students "on task" if nothing else.
Here is a provocative article defending the use of such sites by children.
My position on this issue is that these trends are impossible to halt through simply passing laws that ban their use at school . It's like the current laws banning the sale of pop at school. It isn't that big of deal to ban pop at school. BUT, does anyone really think that this will change obesity patterns in society?
Parents must continue to monitor and be a part of their children's daily lives in a positive way. And, schools must support those efforts. That includes monitoring when possible what they put in their minds and what they put in their bodies. And still, children will push the limits and parents and schools will not always be looking over their shoulder.
Let's hope the values and ethics you have taught them as a parent will carry them through the day.
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