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Wake schools, students square off over Snapchat access

Posted September 23, 2015

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— In the battle to get students to focus on their classes rather than their classmates, the Wake County Public School System this week blocked access to the messaging application Snapchat on the district's WiFi network. "Snaps," according to the company's description, are photos, videos or messages sent to a mobile device that disappear after a few seconds. The app is especially popular with teens.

Lisa Luten, Wake schools spokeswoman, said that while the district allows students to bring their personal devices to school, the school reserves the right to limit their access to programs which add value to day-to-day instruction. Snapchat didn’t make the cut, she said.

Students used another social networking app, Twitter, to express their opposition to the move, triggering a back-and-forth with the Wake County schools account.

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  • Patty MacRae Sep 24, 2015
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    Valuable lesson here for the kids. There are rules, sometimes you don't like the rules. It is part of life. Spend your energy getting good grades so someday you might be in a leadership position to change the rules.

  • Tracy Watson Sep 24, 2015
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    If that were my child arguing with the WCPSS I'd be embarassed.

  • John McCray Sep 24, 2015
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    I know what you're saying Brian, and I understand the use of apps for education, but I suggest that it was a capitulation, at best, to make the best out of a bad situation. But as the last sentence in this post says, some studies are showing that screen-time can actually be detrimental. Some studies conducted on total screen-time in general are starting to show that prolonged exposure to electronic devices actually warp a developing brain's perception of reality. I do not think using Apps are the answer, and I think parents should be made to understand that rules are rules and no smartphones should be allowed to be used during school. We are losing impulse control as a society, and we need to learn discipline and focus again.

  • Susan Mencer Sep 24, 2015
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    Can your grandson pick out the grammar errors in your quote? If not, maybe he is a N.C. high school student.

  • Susan Mencer Sep 24, 2015
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    Students should not have access to cell phones during instructional hours anyway. No wonder we are raising a bunch of Burger King workers.

  • Scott Wharton Sep 24, 2015
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    Any smartphone that uses aps has WiFi.

  • Paul Parker Sep 23, 2015
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    News flash Brian, YOU don't need a cell phone at all, either. Generations before you got along just fine without one!

  • Marcy Lyn Sep 23, 2015
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    Back in the Day .... we didn't have pacifiers, we had to read our books and listen in class. But that was WAY back in the day..
    No wonder our kids are not up to par with other countries .. such a shame

  • Danielle Cockrum Sep 23, 2015
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    Problem is too many schools are requiring the use of other cell phone apps for class. Kids will be kids. The schools are going to have to make a choice: all or nothing.

    As for me, i won't let my 15 yr old have a phone. I don't care what the school "requires". If they want him to have one then they can pay for it.

  • Brian Murphy Sep 23, 2015
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    Thank you WCPSS for killing SnapChat! There are more!!!

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