Help me rid this school of Google Buzz
May 4, 2010 6:26 AM Subscribe
How do I keep students from abusing and bullying each other through Google Buzz while they're at school?
posted by jehsom to technology (30 answers total)
I'm the network admin for a private K-8 school. Recently, the 4th graders (not even legal age to sign up for a Google account) have become incredibly abusive toward one another over Google Buzz, using profanity and insulting one another without the burden of having to do it face to face. Worse, they're doing this from school, and I've been tasked with figuring out how to stop it.
There are several approaches I've thought of, but each has their problems:
- Educating the students on cyber bullying. A good long-term solution, but difficult and not totally effective.
- Having consequences for Google Buzz use at school. This is easy to implement but difficult to enforce.
- Talking to the parents to have them disable their kids' Buzz accounts. This would be OK if the parents actually knew more about computers than their kids.
- Firewalling or otherwise blocking Buzz at school. I still haven't been able to find any resources explaining how to do this, other than blocking all of gmail, which is not acceptable.
Any additional ideas would be appreciated!