Blocked: Experiences of High School Students Conducting Term Paper Research Using Filtered Internet Access
by Lynn Sutton - November 23, 2005
This commentary suggests that a poorly administered filtering program can seriously hinder student Internet research in a high school library media center and cause significant frustration in students. Communication among students, teachers, librarians, and technology administrators is critically important to minimize the negative effects of Internet filters. Feedback needs to be continually sought from users of the technology. Overblocking needs to be kept to a bare minimum, with a disabling mechanism that is readily available, timely and effective. School districts need to exercise extreme caution that there is no content filtering based on viewpoint. In districts where a digital divide exists, school leaders need to recognize the role of the library in ensuring equal access to information.
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