Many of those problems of security (especially the ones concerning malware) can and should be addressed by any responsible admin. Just set the OS to give the student account(s) restricted privileges, and a hardware+software firewall and AV/AS software should always be used and up to date in any institution. As for filesharing, no one should be able to install any program without admin access and even if somehow they get around this restriction (maybe some weird java based program from a USB drive) the bandwidth can be throttled (or completely cut off) on known ports and/or protocols. If your school's IT department can't do any of those simple (by professional standards) measures you have a lot more to be worried about then kids playing flash games at school.Tiff wrote:Becuase too many idiots do things like download software, put viruses ont he computers, and do other idiotic things that render the computer useless to the next person who wants to use it. Why should the school have to spend money to fix the computers that are meant for school business? If EVERYBODY were smart about their internet surfing and whatnot, then that'd be fine and dandy. But the truth is, they aren't. Too many 14 year olds (and hell, even college students) want to download shoot em up flash games, click on unknown emails and viruses with possible viruses, and file share. It's a preventative measure to NOT give the student the opportunity to do this.Gamer8585 wrote:
And if no-one else needs to use a computer why should they not be able to use it to kill time? You have not addressed a reason on why it is appropriate to punish them.
As I said, I'm not claiming to be the arbiter of district IT policy. And to clarify I don't believe I personally own the equipment. Rather those computers are a public good owned by the local community, and I think I have a legitimate right to have my concerns considered. I'm not saying that any school district must adopt my philosophy, rather it is in the communities interest to have this and other debates to better clarify the polices that the community as a whole want. There maybe concerns of a higher priority and ethics of a more pressing nature that run contrary to my course of actions, and if so I would like to debate with anyone espousing such views. I can have my mind changed with a reasoned argument that is better then my own.Um, actually? A lot, if not most, computer labs/school computers are bought through grants, fundraisers and such. Just about every elementary school I've been to has had that be the case.First off, who owns the computers? Well for individuals is the buyer of the computer, for colleges its the institutions, but For public schools its the TAX PAYERS.
And before you argue "omg I made a donation so therefore it's mine", you're donating to HELP the school have resources for the kids' use, not so you can OWN it.
And come on. Being a tax payer and paying for your kid to attend school doesn't equate you owning the equipment. That's just another ridiculous argument trying to justify being able to use a computer for whatever you want. And hey, guess what? If you don't like the idea of paying taxes for your kid's education and not having free for all access to the computers, then send your kid to a private school, or home school them yourselves.
On the subject on taxes and public goods: While yes the initial acquisition of computers may come from grants or donations in lieu of taxes, the maintenance and upkeep of those computers and their dependent infrastructure come directly from tax payer funds. Not to mention the fact that my kids (should I have any) would be using the computer, and thus I do have a stake in their use and operation.
Also even if I did enroll my potential future children in a private school or if I don't have children at all I would still have to pay tax to support the public school system.