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Should The Schools Monitor The Students Computer Usage More Closely

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JustinT
From what I saw when I was in school when we went to computer lab the people that sat near me I always caught them on facebook when they were done with their work. Or for those that didn't care about their school work they were on facebook anyways. I think that they should find someway to be able to see what every student is doing on the computers that way they can cut down on the cyberbullying at school. Does anyone else think this should be a thing? ^_^
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Suzanne
Hi Justin, I believe some schools do have security software/hardware in place to stop pupils accessing social media and innapropriate websites. Personally I think that anything that makes it a bit more difficult or inconvenient to bully others is a good idea but unfortunately we still have the problem that almost all teenagers have smartphones they can use to bully others with!
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Emelia
Suzanne thats right, most schools do have softwares in place for that reason. But you're also right in saying unfortunately that won't stop bullies from cyberbullying on their smartphones and at home computers.

I think it'd be great if more adults were educated on cyberbullying so they can keep a better track of what their kids are doing online and making sure they're safe. It'd be nice if more parents had discussions about internet safety with their kids at a young age and protect young children from social media or other age inappropriate websites by using parental locks on their computers!
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JoDragon
Every school and education facility for under 18s should be protected by a UK wide system (the one with the funky hedgehog on blocked pages). I'm not sure who exactly it's run by but it should be in place. There are proxy's past these blocks but even as someone studied computing at uni, it's not easy to bipass!

Also with schools and colleges they do have monitoring systems. Very clever pieces of kit. They can easily take control of your computer and even log you off, but I guess the question is, how much are they actually watching?

Even if schools and colleges are starting to bring in wifi, it's still under the same rules and monitoring. Unfortunately if young people are using 3G there's nothing that can be done other than the teacher literally keeping an eye.

So it is a thing, and it gets to me a that it's not in your school...
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CybersmileTeam

In reply to JoDragon

Hi Jo, you are absolutely right but unfortunately as we know with 3&4G so readily available technological restrictions will only go a small way in solving the problem. What about showing children the cold hard truth about cyberbullying and how it affects people, maybe show them interviews with families that have tragically lost members to bullying online? Helping people realise that there are real feeling and not "cyber feelings" at the end of the keyboard should help reduce the number of people willing to participate in abusing others online.
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melia.pond
In my college all social media sites are blocked minus twitter..... due to many departments using twitter as a way of posting information. They keep a very tight look on what is said about the college on all social media due to us having a high reputation. While in school teachers can check what we are doing on the computer and many sites are blocked, despite us being an sixth form. Like Jo said is true. In our college we also have signal blockers (Bane of my life!!!!) It means we get limited internet signal while in school and signal strength for text messages, this does mean we cant send things all the time while in college.... so i doubt cyberbullying happens while in school (however I know some does at times). However, i dont think schools can monitor cyberbullying when at home due to some schools having so many students. I know the primary schools here have 200 pupils roughly, secondary schools with 850 and sixth forms with around 2200+ This means for schools to monitor each person would be near enough impossible, as if most students are like me they have a facebook account, twitter and atleast one other social media account as well as a mobile phone. This means there would be so much to check. But I do agree school should do more to monitor cyberbullying. I like the idea Cybersmile team has about showing parents, as i do feel that many parents are unaware of what their children are saying online, as it's very easy to 'cover it up.' I think it's a great topic Justin thanks for starting it! :)
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Petula
I can see how restrictions etc can create a "safe" environment at school but if it does not extend outside the school then the problem is not really being addressed, it just makes life easier for schools.
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Adam
Being able to see everything is one thing, being able to monitor it all day is another. I don't think there is any school that would be able to make this work effectively. More needs to be done in the way of awareness and education rather than trying to police everything.

Originally posted by JustinT
From what I saw when I was in school when we went to computer lab the people that sat near me I always caught them on facebook when they were done with their work. Or for those that didn't care about their school work they were on facebook anyways. I think that they should find someway to be able to see what every student is doing on the computers that way they can cut down on the cyberbullying at school. Does anyone else think this should be a thing? ^_^
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GamerGirl
Unfortunately I think you'll find that unless real pressure is put on schools the won't want to be anywhere near the problem of cyberbullying! Most schools like to think of it as a problem outside of school in order to avoid their duty of care.
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verrrrrrrronica
I'm from NSW in Australia and at our public schools we have a government run blocking system where all social media as well as YouTube and any site that it deemed inappropriate is blocked!
School emails are run through the government and the principal of a school has full access to all students email accounts.
So, basically, school computers are monitored very highly!
When it comes to accessing websites and personal emails through phones and stuff, well... Phones usually aren't allowed and at my school they had to be handed in to the office! Of course some weren't...
Also any bullying which puts teachers or other students down online, even out of school hours, if reported to the principal was dealt with through meetings between the students involved, their parents, the principal and sometimes even the police.
Bullying was not at all tolerated at my school and was taken very seriously, it might seem like the principal would be run off his feet but that's not the case at all!
Such strict rules as well as education on the issue seen bullying numbers lessen and the overall school atmosphere be a lot more happier and connected!