Monday, September 26, 2011

7 Filter Myths to Keep In Mind for Banned Sites Awareness Day and Always

As part of the American Association of School Librarian's "thinking outside the ban" blog series for banned websites awareness day, Doug Johnson dispels the following seven filtering myths. 
  1. The Childhood Protection Act (CIPA) is specific and  broad in what must be filtered in schools. 
  2. It’s the filtering company that determines what is blocked. 
  3. Some sites must be blocked due to bandwidth limitations. 
  4. The processes for re-consideration of print materials don’t apply to online resources.
  5. The technology department must determine what is blocked. 
  6. Internet filters are so good that supervision of students while online and instruction in online safety and appropriate use is not necessary. 
  7. Internet filters and intellectual freedom are mutually exclusive.
To read the truth behind each of these myths, check out the original article here.

For more information about Banned Websites Awareness Day resources and support materials, please visit AASL Essential Links.

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