As part of the American Association of School Librarian's "thinking outside the ban" blog series for banned websites awareness day, Doug Johnson dispels the following seven filtering myths.
- The Childhood Protection Act (CIPA) is specific and broad in what must be filtered in schools.
- It’s the filtering company that determines what is blocked.
- Some sites must be blocked due to bandwidth limitations.
- The processes for re-consideration of print materials don’t apply to online resources.
- The technology department must determine what is blocked.
- Internet filters are so good that supervision of students while online and instruction in online safety and appropriate use is not necessary.
- Internet filters and intellectual freedom are mutually exclusive.
For more information about Banned Websites Awareness Day resources and support materials, please visit AASL Essential Links.