Blocking websites is a problem


In the U.S., 87% of students use the school computers or use the schools WiFi. Photo credit: Startup stock Photo company.

Carter Caines, Ranger Review Reporter

In 27 states across America, including Colorado, publicly funded schools are required to have software on all computers that filter out sexually explicit, obscene, and potentially harmful material.

Although I agree that school should be able to block some of our internet access, I think that some of the websites should not be blocked. As students, we use the internet for many things including research for projects. The website filtering software affects anything that is connected to the school WiFi, excluding the teachers. This includes phones and personal items that require internet access to function.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, this law has been in place since 2003 and has not been reviewed since the law was put into place in the Colorado legislation. I think that the Colorado state government should review this law and revise it to better fit the needs of a student in 2018.

The biggest website in the world, YouTube,has many of the videos that can be used for research and educational purposes are blocked on the school computers. Many of the videos that are blocked have a lot of educational purposes. I think that YouTube should be unblocked because it is a good source for research projects and to ease the difficulty of learning something that you may not understand.    

The students that attend public schools in Colorado should be able to access the most important parts of the internet.