A social studies snapshot
More than 90 percent of children ages 12 to 17 use the Internet and nearly three-quarters of them are on social networking Web sites, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. So one can only imagine the digital battle teachers face when competing against the likes of Facebook for their students’ attention. It is a struggle that has led most schools in kindergarten through grade 12 to ban the social networking site.
But while it is easy for schools to block Facebook on their computer networks (through methods not unlike parental controls at home), students say it’s just as easy to get around the ban.