The Fainting Tea Burglar (cheese_goddess) wrote in plaidskirts,
The Fainting Tea Burglar

The "" issue

Most of you probably know what is.... you should also know that many Annies have myspaces and check them regularly. This year, I heard one girl talking about or updating her myspace during school at least four times a week. So, at the end of the year, some of the myspace-addicts in the senior class convinced some of the rest of us to create myspaces... at the time, we figured it would be a great way to keep in contact with other Annies.

Today, my parents recieved a letter from AWS saying that the school demanded that AWS students delete their myspaces. They said, "normally, this would not bea problem; however many of the students are using personal pictures as well as giving out personal information, including naming their school, Annie Wright." The school enclosed printed copies of myspaces that it found for each student. Yes, folks, my parents printed a copy of my myspace and mailed it to my parents, with a lengthy letter talking about "What Can You Do To Minimize The Chances Of An On-line Exploiter Victimizing Your Child?"

The thing that really gets me is that the school printed out my myspace THE DAY AFTER I created it. Naturally, I feel really stupid... of all the times to jump on the myspace bandwaggon.... Actually, my myspace was completely boring and didn't have any content, let alone embarassing content, on it. The only piece of information it had was that I was from the AWS class of 2005. (Remember how we wanted a way to stay in contact with other Annies?)

At the end of the letter, it says, "if you feel the need to investigate your students internet history and usage, and need assistance doing this please contact either Lisa Jones, Bill Wellington, or Kwame Pobee at the school." The letter goes on to read, "we will be adding a statement to our acceptable use policy to address this issue for next year. Students who are posting to any web site using the Annie Wright name or uniform, constitutes possible liable, we request that the student stop or we may have to take further action." Which brings me to my actual point: Does that include this community? I mean, obviously, we are posting to a website using the AWS name...

And then I wonder, since most of us are alumns, can they really do anything? I mean, is the school actually going to have fit over a bunch of former Annies keeping a less-than-regularly-updated LJ community?

I guess i am just wondering what other people think about this....
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