Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Private School Orders Student Blogs Down

   I'm all for keeping kids safe from Internet predators, but this is absolutely ridiculous:

A Roman Catholic high school has ordered its students to remove their online diaries from the Internet, citing a threat from cyberpredators.

Students at Pope John XXIII Regional High School in Sparta appear to be heeding a directive from the principal, the Rev. Kieran McHugh.

McHugh told them in an assembly earlier this month to remove any personal journals they might have or risk suspension. Web sites popular with teens include myspace.com and xanga.com.

Officials with the Diocese of Paterson say the directive is a matter of safety, not censorship. No one has been disciplined yet, said Marianna Thompson, a diocesan spokeswoman.

She said the ban has been on the books for five years but is only now being strictly enforced. Thompson said students aren't being silenced but rather told that they cannot post online writings about school or their personal lives.

Where are the parents, you ask? Oh, they're complicit in this overreach, having signed away this parental prerogative to direct their teens' Internet use:

Thompson said parents of students who enroll in the schools sign contracts governing student behavior, including responsible Internet use.

"Responsible" use? Funny. I bet they have a similar rule regarding students' "responsible use" of condoms away from the school grounds.

2 Comments:

Blogger porchwise said...

Condoms? You can bet their policy is none, nyet, nada, no way...unless something's changed in the Catholic doctine of multiply, multiply, multiply until the earth sags under the weight of over-population...or possibly garbage accumulation.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...

That's exactly the point that this product of Catholic schools was making.

11:31 PM  

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