Thursday, May 18, 2006

Social websites: Should the Library block MySpace?

A news source to which I subscribe served up an item from Washington that may affect your Library. A House bill was introduced last week (H.R. 5319) that would require schools and libraries to block access to a broad category of social-networking sites. Given the exponential growth MySpace and Facebook and the spike of concern from police, parents, and elected officials due to high profile incidents linked to them ( to say nothing of the spawning of an MSNBC series,) we thought we would solicit your thoughts on the phenomenon. Opinions among Curtis staff vary. We know what we think. We’d like to hear from you. Should the Library block the sites? To express an opinion, click the "comments" hyperlink below.

Here's how the discussion went at another library.

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15 comments:

Horse Badorties said...

Block MySpace?! How am I supposed to recruit fifteen-year-old chicks for the Love Chorus, man?

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that this library should block myspace,though i am sure some people use it for bad...some of us use it to keep in touch with freinds or family in other states...please take my words into consideration

Anonymous said...

MySpace should not be blocked. Neither should anything else. There is nothing unique to this website that makes it an evil menace that is enticing innocent children. MySpace is just the most recent scapegoat for parents who are not willing to take responsibility for what their children are doing. Block MySpace and something similar will just pop up somewhere else. Teach your kids to do the right thing and you will not have any problems.

Anonymous said...

I believe that myspace, ebay, craigslist, adultfriendfinder, match.com, etc SHOULD be blocked. I'm nearly outraged it has not been. The library is a place for studies, job-hunting, education, recreational reading/learning. It should be permissable to VIEW myspace and the like but not to log-on and communicate. If you want to talk to family and friends...use hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc.

Anonymous said...

I think that the library should totaly BLOCK MySpace beacuse one of my friends sister died because she had an account on MySpace. The guy who killed her tracked her down beacuse she chatted on-line to him. Having MySpace at a public library is a very BAD idea!

dad1570 said...

as a parent, I am concerned with MySpace. I block and unblock it at home (depending if the kids have supervision) with a simple blocker from

website-blocker.com

I am on the fence if it should be blocked in schools, i don't like the govt censoring anything, but then again, my kids are at school to learn. I am not sure why they need to go to myspace at school when all thier friends are already there at school with them???

Thomas Paine said...

When did libraries start supporting censorship? Instead of a book sale next year, perhaps we should have a good old fashioned book burning! I cannot believe we are talking about this while libraries all over the nation are fighting to protect their patrons from the ravages of loss of academic freedom and the right to privacy vis a vis the Patriot Act. We move one step closer to a fascist state.

Thomas Paine said...

When did libraries start supporting censorship? Instead of a book sale next year, perhaps we should have a good old fashioned book burning! I cannot believe we are talking about this while libraries all over the nation are fighting to protect their patrons from the ravages of loss of academic freedom and the right to privacy vis a vis the Patriot Act. We move one step closer to a fascist state.

Anonymous said...

I feel the library is not the place for that sort of activity. Using computers for education,or fun with e-mail is one thing,but this myspace has proven to be corrupt,and it is geared to kids,that are usually underage so it should be controlled.How many have to be hurt,runaway,or even killed,before we pay attention. A Mother of 5.

Anonymous said...

Despite the hype the vast majority of children are harmed by someone known & trusted: fathers, uncles, cousins, priests.

Banning sites will neither protect children nor suddenly make inept parents capable of teaching children to be competent.

If bans were effective the Catholic Church would be punished for protecting pedophiles.

Fight the real enemy, not the hobgoblins.

Stealthdozer

Tabitha said...

I believe that people should be over the age of 18 to be on this website due to the nasty things that are on here but I am 22 and have no opinion on basically nothing!!

Anonymous said...

Personally, I don't care for MySpace (the interface is a bit convoluted). But, I don't think it should be blocked. It is merely a medium where anything can be expressed -- no different than the Internet as a whole.

Anonymous said...

heck no! if your child is so f'in retarded not to know the dangers of talking to people on the web- or if youre too lazy to warn them- OR if theyre that annoying slut who claims to be only 15 and looking 4 a good time then to heck with them! my space is a place to chat and swap info, etc... isnt that one of the greatest benefits of the internet: that it connects the globe? geesh! we need to stop letting the inbreds influence our RULES!

Anonymous said...

OH, AND THEN- PAY ATTENTION- SHES 5! 4 CRYING OUT LOUD

Anonymous said...

It is not censorship, it is the law. Myspace is a scourge. Read the TOS of Myspace, you must be 14 years or older. Also, libraries are subsidized for their internet connections. How would I know?? I do the funding and I am an IT professional at a large urban library. 98% of all traffic is used by Myspace.