Is it possible that filters are being used to get around the issues of online safety? There can be many ways to answer and think about this heavy question. But, I’m inclined to believe that filters are indeed being used to get around the issues of online safety.
Instead of teaching students the difference between good and bad websites, filters are used. Students will not learn how to evaluate sites, or conduct proper searches. Research options are limited with denied access to thousands of websites because of filters. As students enter higher grade levels, they will most likely have to complete more projects and papers. With little access to online resources, it will be challenging to find sources and information.
Filters could also hinder teaching students about cyber-bullying and online predators. Filters could prevent these types of people and situations, but it is important for students to know this information Schools, teachers, librarians and administrators must ensure that students are aware of these situations, and understand how to handle them if they come across them.
I’m honestly not sure why some schools have filters blocking so many websites. Maybe people do not want to take the time to teach students these needed skills, or maybe they do believe censorship is the best policy. From personal experience, ignorance is not bliss. It is best to make sure students are aware of any and all possible situations that could affect them academically or personally.