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Thursday, August 03, 2006

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Chris Davison

This is a very balanced post and the points covered are integral to the social networking habits of millions of users world wide. I agree that the Big Brother-esqe control that a number of different agencies attempt to exert on the public merely serve to reduce the effectiveness of online networking as a valuable social tool. I understand the other side of the arguement relating to online 'predators' but I feel that this should be tackled with increased education for the front end users. Putting blockers up will merely push the users to a different PC. As a worker in the elearning sector, I also feel that social networking can reap huge benefits as an educational concept. By sharing and communicating ideas, young people will have a better opportunity to learn from one another and share ideas relating to best practice. Therefore, in my opinion, it should be embraced rather than outlawed. http://taecanet.blogspot.com/

palmer_eldritch

Although ostensibly concerned with 'safety', I reckon DOPA and its ilk are more the result of agencies concerned trying to avoid future litigation.

Emmadw

I can see what Palmer is saying, I think that in the UK we don't yet have the same sort of litigious climate that has lead to the sort of claims made in the US. Whether they're trying to protect the Goverment, School Districts or My Space from ,a her="http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/06/20myspace.html"> this sort of claim I'm not sure, but I guess it could be on aspect in the bill, though I suspect that rather like the UK, US Politicans are often older, and not much at ease with technology, so don't really understand the uses it can have - they just see headlines like the one I've posted & leap to the conclusion that a significant % of users aren't who they claim to be.

I'm not sure if you've seen a BBC report, Josie, showing that many UK students already think that teachers control their internet access too much. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/5151576.stm

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