Librarians have to keep eye on students' Internet use

Anonymous Patron writes "Do you ever feel like your job as school librarian is little more than "the Internet police?"
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle features MaryAnne Coppersmith, who never imagined she'd need to play cop all the time. As head of Bozeman High School's library department, Coppersmith knows that an important part of her job is to help students learn to use the Internet wisely.
Yet today's librarians also have to be vigilant to make sure kids aren't abusing Internet privileges on school computers -- by playing skiing games, downloading music, e-mailing, visiting chat rooms, cruising for sexy sites or trying to hack into their grades."


The assistant principal occasionally wanders in, sees junk on the computers (different backgrounds, etc.), and says, "You need to do a better job of checking behind the students." I check sporadically but can not and will not spend all of my time policing.

I can't understand why the districts can't or won't create individual log ins for students. That way, the network admin (or whoever they let check) can just block a student from using ANY computer if the student downloads games, looks at porn, etc. I envision levels of punishment (similar to the general discipline code).

For example, Level One violation would be playing a game on the computer. That violation would lock you out of the Internet for two days, but you would still have access to Word and other software programs. Level Four would be the biggest punishment - no access at all for a month. Of course, the lack of access could go hand in hand with detention or ISS or OSS.

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