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Relaxed Internet Filters for Albemarle Schools

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Albemarle County Public Schools is one of the few school districts in the country to have relaxed internet filters.   Albemarle County Public Schools allow students and teachers to access sites like Twitter and YouTube.

"We begin with allowing most internet sites and then we look to block sites that are inappropriate for young adults and young children," said Dr. Luvelle Brown, Chief Information Officer with Albemarle County Public Schools.  "Our teachers are finding instructional uses through certain websites and we don't want to be in a situation where we're prohibiting them from using them." 

Other schools have different policies.  In Louisa County Public Schools, teachers are allowed to access YouTube but it's blocked from students.

"At times teachers say, or administrators, we're too restrictive and at times they say that we need more things blocked," said Bruno Sestito, Director of Technology at Louisa County Public Schools.

Both Louisa and Albemarle County Public Schools block social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. 

Albemarle County Public Schools has created a committee made up of students, teachers and parents who meet once a month to talk about the latest websites that may be inappropriate for kids.

Dr. Brown says their mission is to better prepare students for when they graduate: "So to prohibit all of that use we would not be promoting what we call 'prepared students' for a global economy and global community."

Reported by Jennifer Von Reuter
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