Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Couch potatoes get a pass
School District to Monitor Student Blogs

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- High school students are going to be held accountable for what they post on blogs and on social-networking Web sites such as MySpace.com.

The board of Community High School District 128 voted unanimously on Monday to require that all students participating in extracurricular activities sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of "illegal or inappropriate" behavior posted on the Internet could be grounds for disciplinary action.

The rule will take effect at the start of the next school year, officials said.

District officials won't regularly search students' sites, but will monitor them if they get a worrisome tip from another student, a parent or a community member…

District 128, in Lake County north of Chicago, has some 3,200 students, about 80 percent of whom participate in extracurricular activities, according to school officials.
This is just speculation, but I’ll bet the 20 percent (minus the students with after-school jobs) who don’t participate in extracurricular activities spend a whole lot more time on the Internet than do the students who play football or field hockey or who are members of the drama club or debate team or write for the school newspaper.

“Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.”


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