Local schools, for the most part, have established filters blocking access to such internet sites as MySpace and Xanga, which have come under fire for some of their practices.
The filtering would become mandatory under a bill in the U. S. House. The bill's reach, however, far exceeds that type of social networking website. If it passes, among the sites that would no longer be accessible at any schools is the site set up by my Journalism Club at South Middle School, Room 210 News.
While the danger of sites such as MySpace and Xanga has been documented in recent months, MySpace has already been responding to public pressure and has made changes in its approach. Hopefully, Congress will make some revisions to this plan and not eliminate access to many legitimate uses for services such as blogger.com, while trying to block off the sites which have received so much negative publicity recently.