Kent State makes jocks log off Facebook
Ah, college -- those sweet, innocent years when we made idiots of ourselves in public. These days, college administrators are worried that the Internet is making student follies a bit too public, however, which is why Kent State has banned its student athletes from Facebook, giving them until August 1 to remove their profiles. Kent State administrators say they're concerned for the students' safety, but the Columbus Dispatch suggests that they're more worried about the school's image. One Kent State athlete showed a photo of himself shirtless with a can of Miller Lite, while another belonged to the "My cell phone is my best friend when I'm drunk at Kent" group on Facebook.
On Ars Technica, Peter Pollack argues that despite free-speech issues, Kent State is wise to protect its image. But a ban, it says, is the wrong way to go. "Outright bans are probably less likely to produce the desired effect than simply educating the students about what is expected of them and potential issues they may face," writes Pollack. "Education, after all, is what going to college is all about, isn't it?"
Kent shouldn't have banned their student athletes from using facebook. Like any teenager, what they can't do will make them do it more. Instead of saying you cant show them what could possibly come from it. Young adults/kids whatever you make of them, need examples. Examples, examples, examples. Teach them, show them... you're a college for crying out loud!!!!
Just like the republicans think that telling kids to "respect yourself" and "get plenty of sleep" will eliminate teen pregnancy....
Hey look at Texas.... highest rate of teen pregnancy in the nation... what an example.
If "Facebook" is Kent States own web site, then they have every right to have decent material on it to protect their image of the school. If it is some other private web site then the students should be allowed to do what they want - even if what they do is stupid.
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