Can u help me get into myspace because my school blocks it is there any way to get in, and if yes can u tell me how to me how and what i got to do to get in.
This is an awkward sort of question to receive, because there are some ways that you can redirect Web queries and otherwise mask what site you’re visiting, something that I have no problem with if you’re an adult and responsible for your own actions. For example, if I lived in China or the Middle East, I wouldn’t want some government agency making the decision of what sites I could or couldn’t visit, and would be pleased to know how to circumvent their filters and visit what I wanted to visit.
But you’re in school, and I’m also guessing that you’re in grades 6-12, not college, from your writing style and query, which means that you aren’t legally autonomous and aren’t really responsible for your own actions. Further, while I might sound a bit like an overly conservative stick in the mud, as a parent myself I am always concerned about filtering and protecting my own children from the dark side, the bad folk on the Internet.
The motivation behind your school blocking MySpace is doubtless the same, combined with a desire to ensure students stay focused on schoolwork when they’re in school, using school resources, not messing around with social networking sites. It shouldn’t be news to you that there are some bad people on MySpace and a little bit of help managing your interaction might well be of value, however tedious it may seem to you.
So my gut reaction is to say “no, you can’t get around it. Rules are rules and if you want to get to MySpace from school, you need to be able to get permission with some sort of smart, logical argument to the administration.” Indeed, I’ve written about how to block MySpace: How do I keep my kids off MySpace?
But perhaps I’m being a bit uptight about this particular issue, so I have also asked my friend Bennett Haselton, who runs the interesting Peacefire site, for his thoughts on this subject.
Peacefire.org lists four different methods on our front page for accessing blocked Web sites including MySpace.com, so at least one of those methods should solve your problem.
But I can’t stop there, without responding to what Dave wrote. I volunteer with many smart and intelligent teenagers, and I’d like to think that I used to be one. When I first joined online discussions as a teenager, most people assumed I was an adult, and many teens online have had the same experience. If teenagers are so silly and immature, how come most people can’t tell the difference when they can’t look at the person and see how old they are?
The main reason teenagers aren’t “autonomous” is not because they’re lazy and dumb, it’s because they’re forced to work all day for free. If Dave had to spend all day writing papers and cramming for American History tests, he’d probably have to live with his Mom just like you.
Even if you think it’s important for citizens to know their American history (and I do), there’s no logical reason for forcing minors to learn it, but not adults. (If anything, there’s a stronger argument for making adults learn it, since they’re the ones who need to put current events in a historical context and cast an informed vote. I don’t think either age group should be *forced* to learn history, but if you’re going to require it of anybody, logically it should be the adults!) As it is, it’s just more work that teenagers have to do for free, and one more artificial roadblock to their becoming independent.
In fact, for most of human history, teenagers were considered to be far closer to adults than to children. (Jewish kids don’t have their bar mitzvahs at 18, after all.) What happened in recent centuries was that as jobs got more complicated, it became necessary to stay in school longer before you could go out and work. (Some of the things you learn in school do matter, after all.) However, just because you have to stay in school longer, that doesn’t mean the *natural age of human maturity* has gone up. But we raised the effective age of adulthood anyway, and that’s how we ended up with lunatic rules like the notion that you’re not “mentally competent” to get a library card without parental permission when you’re 17.
So, sorry to use your plight as a springboard for my political rant, but I hope you got your answer in the first paragraph. You’re welcome.
All well and good, Bennett, but shouldn’t we at least have some reference to “the school pays for the resources, the school gets to control what you can and can’t do on them?” or something?
Anyway, I hope this answer gives you both what you seek and some addition things to think about.