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Topic: Craftster, MySpace, and Libraries--Please Read! (especially if you're under 18)  (Read 4028 times)
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2006 01:33:26 PM »

My Last job blocked the site. New one is okay though!
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2006 01:46:03 PM »

My school blocks: Myspace, Livejournal, Xanga, AND Craftster. Many other things are filtered as well. I don't understand Craftster being blocked. It's a little silly.
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2006 01:56:28 PM »

At my school any board- type thing where people type replies to each other is blocked. And for some people,( like me a little while ago) the only way they can get to the internet is the library so that would majorly bite. Angry
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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2006 03:55:59 PM »

a lot of schools already block crafster.  they tend to block a lot of message board type websites and other "non-education" related sites...

but not universities where this bill would also apply. highschools often block sites but that is through their administration and not the government.
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« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2006 07:44:06 AM »

There's a petition against DOPA here: http://www.saveyourspace.org
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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2006 12:18:37 PM »

My school has already blocked any sort of forum, chatroom, myspacey-thing, gamesite, and I'm not sure what else.
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« Reply #16 on: August 31, 2006 04:28:35 AM »

The problem with the bill purposed is that it is overly broad -- it would never stand up in court. For example, you all immediately began discussing adult content on Craftster, but the bill never mentions anything about that. It just says if you have a forum/chatroom and you require members to register with usernames that have profile info attached, then you are gonna be blocked. This could include medical websites or cancer support groups, whatever. Frankly, this includes Wikipedia.

I believe that there is some trolling for underage kids that goes on online - however, I think its like the santanism of the 80's. It's completely blown out of proportion. We really need to see some numbers here to substainiate the assumed risks. Frankly, anyone can easily have a presence on the web - that's the point! Anyone can have a website. That doesn't mean there is some kind of massive movement a foot though.

Whenever anyone says it's for protecting our children from these predators, then how can you say no? I just think we should see some real evidence based on hard numbers instead of anticdotes and TV news-magazine entrapment episodes.

But in general terms - things need to be kept on a tight leash at public schools. There are enough disruptions as it is. Libraries need to be kept as open to all forms of information as possible. That's the reason they were created. [exits soapbox]
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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2006 10:24:15 AM »

I understand blocking myspace and such sites from school libraries, but I think they also need to make exceptions. To categorize ALL forums as "non-educational" is ridiculous! Especially craftster - it's teaching kids (and adults!) how to be creative and use their minds to adopt new skills and talents.
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