Report: Restricting Internet access for students may be harmful

Students in England are frequently accessing chat rooms and social-networking Web sites at school, but that is not a reason to restrict Internet access at school, according to a recent Ofsted report. Even though unrestricted access means that teachers will have to be more alert to ensure that students are not accessing inappropriate content, too closely monitoring students at school does not allow them to "develop the level of understanding required to use new technologies responsibly in other contexts," the report states.

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