Thursday, April 16, 2009

Writer's Workshop: News Story

The prompt I choose from Mama Kat's writing assignment today is #3: Tell us about a local news story that's all the buzz right now in your neck of the woods.

I don't watch local news very often but I do check out the news websites and listen to the radio on my way to work. This is the story I have heard come up several times. This happened in a very conservative and Christian part of town.

Some middle school boys were on a computer at school doing different searches. At some point in their cruising the Internet, they pulled up pornographic images. Now everyone is all upset that 1- Young boys were looking at porn and 2- It happened at school where there are supposed to be filters to block that stuff.

The adults involved are trying to decide how to punish the boys, possibly sending them to juvy. The mom is upset at the school for not enough Internet filters and a lack of teacher supervision. The local radio show this morning was talking about it.

I think it just goes to show that no filter is perfect, boys are curious, and parents need to educate their children about what is appropriate and what is not. I don't think throwing these young kids in juvenile detention is going to help them. Education is more likely to be beneficial that severe punishment. I think all adults involved share some fault - the school, the teacher, and the parents. Instead of trying to blame someone else, all these people should work together to find a solution. But that's just my two cents.

7 comments:

Erin said...

Very well said!

rychelle said...

let's just say that my two cents match your two cents.

The Mac's said...

Very Very WELL SAID! The statistics on pre-teens, and teenagers involved in porn is Seriously Scary!!!!

Musings of the Mrs. said...

JUVI??? For a teen looking at porn??? Now that is ridiculous.

Jen said...

I could not agree with you more. The adults here should stop talking about who's to blame and start talking to the boys. You know, as parents we actually have to parent.

heather said...

I totally agree. How would juvey help?

Tiffany said...

I agree with all you've said. This should be a learning lesson for all involved, not just a chance to punish the boys.