Friday, October 17, 2008

"I hate this stupid Internet re-router."


This was a quote heard by several students at OHS. Internet filters are required to make this 24/7 laptop program successful, but students have differing views on them. What do you feel about the school's filtering system and do you think it is necessary? What should our policies be on playing games/Facebook, etc. during school hours?

Thanks...have a great weekend!

34 comments:

Lorissa Johnson said...

I think that the re-router is a great thing for kids in class, but at lunch i think it should be ok for students to check e-mail's and go on facebook, etc. Some kids already do it now, in class they get by it. And it's not fair to the rest of us. I have seen one kid in my first period class do it everday,and i never see him get in trouble for it.....very unfair

Katie Matthews said...

As much as I hate to say it but the Internet re-router is a good thing during your classes, just because most kids will spend more time on facebook, myspace ect. But the thing I do dislike about this is when your at home and it takes you back to the school website.

Kelsie N. said...

I think that it is inconvenient for some because even some sites that we need for researching places for example are sometimes blocked. I think that we should be able to have Facebook here at school, I think that if a student doesn't get homework and that they were on Facebook or playing games that it's there fault. In college those sites won't be blocked and it's up to us to take responsibility for our homework. I think that Facebook and playing games should be a freedom that we could have here at school, however if it is disrupting other students or teachers than the teachers can say no games or Facebook.

Britany G. said...

I think thats its good when is classes because it keeps kids more on track. Instead of paying attention to their facebook or games, they have to pay more attention to the instructor. I think that during lunch time though games and stuff like that should be aloud as long as nothing inappropriate is going on.

Demi said...

I think the Internet re-router is ridiculous. I don't see the point in it, if a kid gets on a bad website let them get in trouble for it don't ruin it for everyone else. I think facebooking is fine its not really effecting anyone. I know there are a ton of kids who get on facebook at the same time and only some get in trouble for it or warned. I see kids on it all the time and they don't get in trouble for it and then it seems when i always get on it i get in trouble. lol..But i guess there is nothing we can do about...thats my views.

Ashley S said...

I think that re-router is ok during some classes. It keeps kids listening during classes, but during lunch and at home I think it should be unlocked. When we are doing a research project and it brings us back to the school website, that doesn't really help. I think that facebook and other things need to be unlocked during lunch and after school.

NICK said...

i think it good to block some website but after school i think you should take it off because we can use facebook or youtube for relax.

Molly Wettlaufer said...

I think it depends what there doing. If they are just goofing around on it then no, i dont think we should be on it,unless the teacher says they sent us a email or something like that.At lunch though, i think we should be able to to whatever we want then shut it back off afterwards. Because sometimes it is very distracting in class when kids are on because you tend on focusing on there myspace and facebook pictures then what the teacher is talking about.

Will M. said...

I believe that the filters during school time are vital and very necessary to make sure that the laptops are used for what they are supposed to be used for, educational uses. Games and facebook should definitely be an out of school laptop usage item. The only thing that sometimes is a problem is the filter even when at home takes you back to the school website.

Sutech 911 on October 17, 2008 at 12:45 PM said...

I think it is very necessary to have such filters on our computers because there will be people who will be on the wrong things. As in playing games while supposed to be paying attention to a lecture.

I think though that it should only be effective during school hours. As the re-router is on the computers, when we go home, we are still blocked from them.

Also, it does not replace some monitoring. Some students know how to get passed these re-routers/filters.

Kimberly on October 17, 2008 at 12:45 PM said...

I think that it is a good thing but to a certain extent. I have tried to get on different sites for an educational purpose and the filter blocked it. I think that the teachers should know the password so that in a situation like that, kids can still access the website and use the information. I think that we should be able to play games or facebook during lunch hour or when we have spare time in classes when the teacher approves of us doing something else other than something from their class.

Angelea M. said...

For the most part I think the internet re-router is a good idea, it keeps kids from going on websites, I think it is necessary for the 24/7 learning, but there are some things that I would change. I think it is a good idea to block games and Facebook and other websites but just during school. Sometimes when I'm at home and I'm looking at someone's Facebook profile, the computer will re-rout me to the schools website. Also I was trying to get music for an iMovie I was making for spanish and it wouldn't allow to access the website. So I think there should be limits on the Internet but not when we are at home, on Hotmail because sometimes I email my teachers through my Hotmail account, or websites that we need to use for school use.

ashley b. said...

I think that the re-router is a good idea. 'Cause these laptops are meant for school activities or school purposes and we can get internet 24/7 at some places where we can play games. But at school i think that the laptops should be meant for homework. But i think that we should be able to check our email because you never know when an teacher or student might need to send something to them but don't want to send it on angel. Thats my opinion.

Ramon said...

personally i really don't like it... but i guess it has to work.. and for doing research or just seaching up something important then it reroutes you back to the homepage then you have to look for some other information. on a different site. and at home i really wouldn't know cause i can't take my laptop home until after x-mas... so yea can't do my homework thanks...

Kylee Peterson said...

I think that a filtering system is definitely necessary in a school where teachers are trying to teach their students and have them pay attention instead of getting on facebook or getting on other things that are not school related. It's too bad though that for people like me that wouldn't abuse the privilege of having facebook unblocked can't use facebook and other sites that are blocked during our free time. I don't know how you would accomplish pleasing everyone without allowing kids that wouldn't pay attention the access to get on to blocked sites during class.

April Babutzke said...

I think that it is a good idea, because I have seen a lot of kids who all they do is play games on their computer and they really do need to be learning or doing something that involves school, but if they do need to see something on face book, because not all of it is bad, then they should be able to, just go to Mrs. Morrow or Mr. Buller, and let them help you out!

Clare A. said...

I think that it should be okay for students to check myspace and facebook as long as they aren't doing anything in class. Say your class has a study hall. The teacher should be able to unblock it or something so when you have down time you can check up on your "social life." I think that a block is a good thing sometimes. Like for the students that just play games all the time. But on the other hand if we have free time we should be able to check myspace, facebook, etc. What I think would be a good idea is if the teachers had a password or could override the block when free time is available in class.

Trevor D said...

i dont like the re-router because one we have a blocker already and two it blocks things that doesn't even need to be blocked. like one time i looked up Jesus and i went to the wikipedia of him and it sent me back to the o'neill homepage. and about facebook and games,i think games its fine if there blocked because there not educational but facebook well isn't either but its a site to stay in touch with people. i think it should be allowed only when the student has nothing else to do. and as long we don't use facebook for chatting i think its fine.

Jacob george said...

I think that the rerouter is good because it keeps kids off facebook there should be no need for facebook at school and I couldn't care less i don't use facebook and i already have my own laptop that I use at home to play my games.

kacey said...

Since i don't have facebook or anything it doesn't affect me as much. Although when i'm at home doing my home work, and i want to hear a song that i don't have I usually went to you tube , with the re-router you cant do that anymore. I think we should be able to use you tube, and I think that students should be able to use other sites after school hours.

Shaylee T said...

It is good for the kids who aren't responsible enough to stay off inappropriate sites. However, sometimes when I am working on a project it blocks some sites that have nothing wrong with them.

Brook Schultz said...

So... This is one of the things that makes me the angriest; filters on everything!!! I think that the only thing that should be blocked are inappropriate sites, but seriously do you really need ot block hotmail and facebook?? For one thing people use hotmail to e-mail themselves homework and other SCHOOL related things. As for facebook, if you have free time which often happens you should be able to check your facebook, because its not like you can play your widgets! It is also stupid how it blocks some google images. We have to get pictures for our Spanish vocab, and a lot of the pictures you need are blocked and there is no reason for them to be. I think they need to cut back on the blocks. They want us to be so happy, excited, and feel lucky to get to have these computers and they give us no freedom or chance to prove we can be mature enough to know what is right and wrong!

KAITLYNN KIZZIRE said...

Well, I think it is necessary for the school as a whole to function, but it can be annoying.It is necessary because there is are a lot of students who would be on those sites and not listening to what the teacher is teaching about, but it is annoying because it is those students that work around the re-router and are there all the time, and it us who abide by the rules that deal with the consequences. It's not fair, but a person told me life's not fair and full of bitter disappointments, so I suppose we will just have to get over it.

Yatzaira said...

i think the re-router is fine while your in class but we should be able to check our myspace, email, etc. during lunch or on our free time it bothers me when im at home using the internet and it takes me back to the school's home page!

Brook Schultz said...

Oh and if people arent smart enough to pay attention in class then they deserve the grade they get. That is your responsibility!

Justin Campbell said...

Well, I do not like the re-router because it is ridiculous and needs to be shut off because we have blockers and we are being watched all the time. why would we go to a site that we know we would get in trouble for being at if we know we are being watched. It is very frustrating when I am trying to expand my education and it re-routes me. very frustrating.

Kristin G on October 17, 2008 at 1:57 PM said...

I don't think we should have a blocker from game sites and Facebook. There are many times that students will finish their homework or tests and have free time to use however they want to. I agree that a student on facebook or playing games during a class discussion is wrong. I think all teachers should have a computer screen monitoring system, like Mr. Peterson, Mrs. Morrow, and Mr. Buller, so that they can alway see what their students are looking at. It's fine for us to be on our own "fun" sites if we have everything done and if it is okay with the teacher. With this kind of monitoring system, the teachers can be in control but the students still have a chance to use their free time the way they want to.

Brett on October 17, 2008 at 2:06 PM said...

Filtering during school hours is just fine, there is no reason for Facebook, Myspace, Games, and other things during school but what ticks me off is out of school re-routing.

Some people have their Firefox re-routed when outside of school. When somebody finishes their homework at home and they want to chat with a friend of Facebook or add some pictures...THEY CAN'T BECAUSE IT RE-ROUTES THEM!

Jacqueline Parks is one example of a student with this problem, she uses facebook to add pictures and keep in touch with her friends but now she can't because it re-routes her. The other day she was looking at laptop cases and alas, it re-routed her.

I understand that some re-routing is necessary and that's just fine (like re-routers from porn, illegal music downloads, and such) but then blocking Facebook, Myspace, Beebo, and other online social networks is just plain retarded, when at home you should be able to go on an "approved" list of sites, including the aforementioned social utilities.

I say take of the re-router at home, I think iPrism is enough protection for the student body. Last year I loved this laptop program, I couldn't wait to get my laptop back for the 2008-2009 school year, but having it with all of the new blocks and rerouters I can't say I much care for it anymore and I think it has to be completely rethought for the next school year.

What was so bad about last year? I thought it went very well, the teachers didn't seem near as busy or near as stressed (Mr. Buller is very busy in particular). Now your argument is going to be that there are more people with laptops this year...that leads to me the next problem I have with this program:

I think that the laptops should ONLY have been issued to Junior and Senior classes (maybe Sophomore). If you don't believe me that the program has problems this year look at one new rule in particular: No more loaner laptops. Last year we had enough for loaners (and there were many less broken ones I'm sure though not 100%).

So in closing I say get rid of the routers, remove the laptops from the hands of younger students or just get rid of the program all together. So yeah that's it, if you want to censor this comment so be it, keep in mind that it's a violation of free speech if you do, and I will not settle for an injustice like that, this is not an objectionable post it is opinionated.

The Candyman on October 17, 2008 at 2:26 PM said...

I think most people are confusing the school's internet blocker with the re-router.
I think the school's internet blocker "i-Prism" is very good and effective, it is put in place to prevent ANYONE from going to non-school related sites, and if its a site you do need to go to for school reasons then you can talk to a teacher and they can get you to the site.
But what most people are having trouble with is the re-router, when anyone goes to a site good, bad, and sometimes even a school site, you can be sent back to the school's website. Sometimes its seems random because you can go back to that site and it doesn't re-route you. Some people have it and some others don't.
I feel that the re-router is unnecessary and that if the school has a site they want to block that they should do it thru i-Prism. So that when we go home with our macs we can still enjoy the non-school related sites that are harmless

Taylor L said...

I understand that it is necessary to have the internet re-router in order to make 24/7 learning possible, but sometimes i think it's a little too strict. For example, some websites that are useful for learning are blocked and it gets frustrating.

Jordan McCray said...

I think during the day it's good to have the internet re-router. I also don't understand why we can't get on facebook or check e-mails when we have nothing to work on in that class. Having the re-router is probally the best thing during the day so we are learning, but outside of school we should be able do whatever we want after school hours.

Justine Sanchez said...

I would have to say that I believe the re-router is a good idea during school hours. I think that it keeps kids off Facebook, Myspace, and other websites that are not allowed. I also think that we should be able to do it at least over lunch and at home. Sometimes when your at your house it doesn't let you go onto facebook. I think that they should fix it to where we are able to do those things at home at least.

Keshia said...

I don't like the re-router but I understand it. Sometimes it's such a pain because it won't let you on a website you need for a certain class. I think that facebook or games should be allowed in free time during classes. I also think that if you didn't have them blocked then it would teach kids to stay on task even though they have access to games or facebook and if they were doing any of these things during class when they weren't supposed to let there be consequences.

melissa s said...

I think that the re-router is a good thing during classes and everything, but i also think that we could use facebook, check our email, and use ichat, it is pretty much the same as the cell phone rule. i think that we could use programs during lunch and not get into trouble

 

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