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  • Sep 23rd, 2014 @ 7:25am

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    This article fails to mention that these policies are largely in place due to Federal requirements placed on school systems. The Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires strenuous internet filtering and puts the onus on the schools if children see questionable content.

    Combine that with the fact that teenagers don't always make good decisions and need DO NOT spelled out for them, and the fact that this equipment can be pretty expensive to replace, and you get long AUP's that seem onerous and are generally just systems trying to protect their funding, and themselves from being sued by parents.

  • Sep 23rd, 2014 @ 6:27am

    Re: Video consent

    It's actually meant to keep kids from videoing in the locker room and posting vids of the fat kids getting changed to youtube. Or setting up bully pranks and recording them, or taking pictures in the bathroom. Kids aren't well known for their impulse control and good decision making abilities.

    As for the multiple points saying the same thing, the article says its a composite list. Either Scott, or the Techdirt editors, needs to prune out redundancies. It looks like "padding" and gives people an opening to discredit their point.