Breaking: as snapchat ban can have consequences for students

The alert called Tuesday as a ban on access to Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix through school Wi-Fi in TDSB (the largest school board in Canada)

We're in the SLN curious. Why is this happening?

Think of the Wi-Fi network, for example, the highway. There's too many people on one of them. AND

Therefore, TDSB will cut the gravy. They removed access to Snapchat, Netflix and Instagram in the name of allowing the network to allow teachers to do their job. But this ban is temporary, they say. Until the network is updated and improved in September

Break it down

What do students do?

"Students in [ my school] are very dissatisfied with this, some say that TDSB blocks our right to freedom of speech," Sahand Sabzparvar, a junior at W. L. Mackenzie C. I told me. I don't think it's a problem of freedom of speech, but the ban is a social class problem that I'll explain in a second

Students from TDSB work on this limitation in several ways. They've downloaded Netflix on their home terms to start. That's it

They use special applications to circumvent the Wi-Fi constraints, for example

In fact, the use of Snapchat, Instagram or Netflix has never been banned. They just said, "You can't access them with Wi-Fi."

" You may lock a student on Instagram, but you will not block every website. And you can't stop other web sites on Instagram for content and sharing this content through your website. A VPN is a network that requests, for example, Instagram, and sends it to you as your own content. " In essence, VPN applications on the network are limitations related to the packaging of prohibited content to look like something not included in the constraint

Finally, students cannot in their data plans. This is normal because the board has never banned the use of Snapchat, Instagram or Netflix. They just said, "You can't access them with Wi-Fi."

What is a problem (equity)?

In addition to limiting storage by phone, the Netflix ban is not a problem to a large extent. Download as many times as you want at home

This leaves access to popular communication channels Snapchat and Instagram-open for dialogue. VPN applications have restrictions.

What about the students whose families can't afford to update their data plan? The prohibition affects them disproportionately, and this is the heart of the issue of equality I raise

26% of students receive more than $100,000 per year and 28% less than $30000 (close to the poverty line)

One of the reasons for wifi (and the set of computers to be used by students, in fact) exists in schools to ensure equal access to the tools that all students must achieve, regardless of the social class. If you don't mind, TDSB will be home

Whether they are right or correct, the reality is that students use Snapchat and Instagram to build and maintain their social circles and relationships. Think about what happens when, all of a sudden, the last 28% cut off because they can't afford to update their data plans for participation. Is it useful for a common understanding of community when students in the higher class have access to popular channels of communication? You're a sieve

Why only Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix?

Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix have taken 20% of the capacity of the TDSB network. We do not know what the breakdown of this percentage was. For example, were Snapchat, Instagram and Netflix data? Or was it one of those more than the other?

This is what we know: during peak times in North America (mainly evening hours), in 2015, access to Netflix

Why was Snapchat and Instagram with Netflix?

Take these grains of salt. They are two years old, and at this time much can change (I simply could not find more recent statistics because they accept organizations that publish them several times to collect and publish them). In addition, I expect that Wi-Fi uses patterns in schools to be different from the general statistics of North America. Think about it: patterns of use of the Internet on the school board, during the hours at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., should be logically different from the use of the Internet at home between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m

However, the statistics will ask me a question

This could be another reason why the board would want Instagram and Snapchat, and the Wi-Fi issue was a convenient excuse for it. Entered the students? Cyber abuse? We cannot exclude them as an invisible factor

Is it really only temporary?

TDSC asserts that the ban is a "temporary measure" when they get the best, faster network and work. Temporary things. But remember the Patriot Act of America? Yeah, he's not reporting anymore (I google him). The law was passed in 2001 to allow the government to spy on its citizens for the name of national security (read: anti-terrorism). It was supposed to be temporary, too

The fact is that part of this legislation

In this article we can say that the ban is temporary or not: " there is a chance that it is just a ploy to make TDSC look like a temporary ban, but in reality it is constant. But I think in the case of a permanent "

What is the real motivation of Netflix, Snapchat and Instagram? Only they know for sure. We know that it is

Until we know exactly why the ban has been implemented, we can critically analyze what TDSS does to make sure that we are not just taking what information is fed to us (this is a healthy thing that needs to be done in general). In addition, we can download the VPN application to support our friends on social networks

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Dana Iskoldski (Dana Iskoldski) is the editor of "At-At-Big" ("Chief Guinea Pig") in its search for brilliant career tips