And Now That They've Banned YouTube In Schools, All Bullying Will Cease
from the so-that's-how-it-works? dept
Sometimes you just have to wonder about the thought process that goes through the heads of some educators. A few years back, there were all these stories about schools banning cameraphones, after students used the cameras to capture (and share) bad behavior of both themselves and teachers and administrators. It seems that this year, the thing to ban is YouTube. An Australian state has apparently decided to ban YouTube in schools to help crackdown on cyberbullying. This is one of those decisions that perhaps sounds good if you don't bother to actually think about what happens next. Banning YouTube in schools doesn't even remotely slow down cyberbullying. All it really does is let teachers and administrators bury their heads in the sand and pretend that no cyberbullying is going on because they've blocked the best way for them to keep tabs on it. Instead, the cyberbullying will continue -- and the videos will still appear on YouTube (and, more likely, other sites), but the teachers and administrators will somehow think they've solved the problem because they no longer see it. And, of course, that doesn't even start down the trail of questions about how much useful, legitimate or educational material the schools end up blocking in the process of blocking YouTube as well. Sure, there's a lot of useless junk on there, but that doesn't mean there aren't a few very useful videos as well.