Deleting Online Predators Act… BLAH!

I have been hearing and reading a lot about DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act) lately, but I haven’t taken the time to really digest the bill and comment on it (imagine gagging noises here). I don’t support it, and I hate the knee-jerk reaction so many people always have that blocking sites is the best option. Most of the blogs and articles I have come across are opposed to the bill, and that makes me happy.

One of the comments I have most enjoyed was written by Chris Lehmann at Practical Theory. He says, “Some day, the public is going to really think about the values we hold as a society and realize that the internet only shows us the best and worst of what and who we are as a society. And some day, we’ll all realize that teaching kids to be active, involved citizens, able to make informed and intelligent decisions about the materials they read and post on the internet is the best defense against the dark side of the internet that gets splashed all over the news these days.”

Bravo!! He has more to say, so check it out.

I also really enjoyed a post by Vicki Davis of Cool Cat Teacher Blog.

There is a lot of discussion going on about this bill in the blogging world. Go out there and read some of the information, make some comments and get your voice heard.

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One Comment on “Deleting Online Predators Act… BLAH!”

  1. Thank you for reading! It is so important that we as educators tune in and let our voices be heard. This bill affects all of us and our society as a whole as it can mean a group of students who do not have Internet skills to protect themselves. We cannot shield them in the real world and students must be taught as we supervise them.

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