Block on Youtube Hurts More than It Helps

By Amy Chow ‘17

YouTube is a multipurpose website. It is a website that contains all types of videos from educational to beauty to gaming. According to Alexa Internet, Youtube.com is one of the top websites people browse through throughout the world.

Many think of YouTube as a learning platform. They use it to help explain things and it’s useful to understand something visually.

“I use it to refresh my memory of what I have learned and for additional help if I don’t understand something,” said Sally Chin ‘17

However, the NYCDOE, New York City Department of Education, bans YouTube. The NYCDOE bans all social media platforms and any gaming websites.

“I think it’s unfair. There is no dangerous content there,” said Ms. Liz Bommarito, an English teacher.

The NYCDOE has an Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy (IAUSP). This policy states that “Internet access provided by the Department are intended for educational use, instruction, research and the facilitation of communication, collaboration, and other Department related purposes.”

Furthermore, they stated that they will work to protect the safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Additionally, there is a CIPA, Children’s Internet Protection Act. This blocks or filters content over the Internet that the department considers inappropriate for minors. This includes pornography, obscene material, and other material that may be harmful to minors. YouTube may contain the indicated content which is one of the main reasons to why its banned.

“The NYCDOE should give us the bandwidth necessary to use YouTube. It is very helpful in the classroom,” said Ms. Bommarito. She spends a lot of time trying to convert videos to show her students. She feels that it’s very time consuming.

Roni Lazimi ‘17 stated, “It cancels an extra option for students to obtain help for homework.”

 

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