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Newslines–Iowa district switches phone service for safety measures

Cedar Falls, Iowa, school officials hope caller identification will help prevent prank calls and bogus bomb threats. After a bogus school-wide bomb threat in early February that disrupted classes, Superintendent…

Internet Filtering Gains In Popularity On Home And School Computers

Cybertimes, May 12, 1999 http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/99/05/cyber/education/12education.html Two recent surveys point to an increase in the use of Internet filtering software being installed by parents and by schools on computers that children…

Preparing Students For A High-Tech World Should Be Educators’ Top Priority, Say Authors

Technology & Learning, May 1999, p. 27 Despite the hype surrounding the looming Y2K computer bug, the authors of this article assert that the real 21st century crisis we should…

North Dakota senator wants to ban sex offenders from internet

A North Dakota legislator is fighting to keep sex offenders off the internet. State Sen. Aaron Krauter, D-Regent, has introduced a bill that would bar internet service providers in North…

Content Filtering On Internet Search Sites Is Hit-And-Miss Service

Multimedia Schools, May/June 1999, p. 47 http://www.infotoday.com/MMSchools/may99/carvin.htm In classes where students use search engines to find information on the Internet, many teachers have expressed concern that search engines return material…

School computers may harm posture, study says

According to researchers at Cornell University, children in schools may face the same posture problems as adults in offices because of computer workstation designs–and the haste of school administrators trying…

Newslines–Teens are taking drugs purchased over internet

Philadelphia officials are grappling with what they call the latest trend in teen substance abuse: ingesting legal drugs like dextromethorphan (DXM) purchased over the internet. DXM–an ingredient in over-the-counter cough…

New student handbook warns against beepers in class and downloading porn

When Connecticut’s last public school handbook was issued in 1985, few students had their own telephones and few schools were equipped with computers. Of course, times have changed. The new…

Newslines–Video poker operator to supply school computers

A decision by Oconee County, S.C. schools to accept new computers from a video poker parlor owner has drawn criticism from some school trustees. On Dec. 14, the trustees voted…

Newslines–Alcohol web sites are luring children, report says

A report issued Dec. 16 by the Center for Media Education claims that web sites promoting alcoholic beverages too often contain cartoons and other elements that could appeal to children.…