Internet filters: A roadblock to educational tools in libraries and schools

July 24, 2013

The enforcement of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) in 2000 lead to establishing Internet filters on computers in public libraries and schools, a new requirement in order to receive federal funding.  How do we create 21st century learners while adhering to federal law and public expectations about Internet safety in schools, asks author, Chuck Kilfoye, in an educational journal.

Chuck Kilfoye, senior director of Distance Learning & Educational Technology at Northeastern University Online, addresses this issue in his article, “A voice from the past calls for classroom technology.”  The article was published in the April 2013 issue of Phi Delta Kappan, a magazine for Phi Delta Kappa International, a premier global professional association for educators.

Kilfoye’s piece cites the influence of John Dewey (1859-1952) who believed education was to be shared.  Kilfoye examines how Dewey’s insight can be applied to today’s public school policy on Internet accessibility.

The article originated as a paper for the “Ethical Decision Making for Education” course which is part of the College’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program. Kilfoye is a student in the program.


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