Have you ever been in a situation where you were trying to get information off the internet for an important paper, but the internet was going slow or the website was blocked for some dumb reason? I’ve been in this situation too many times during my four years at Okemos High School and I think we should do something about it. We need to change what websites are blocked and we need high-speed internet that can withstand everyone at school being on it at once.
We need to reconsider what websites are blocked on the school WiFi. Youtube is blocked on our WiFi which causes many other educational websites to be blocked. Many students bring their own laptops to school which causes more restrictions because those people can only get on the guest WiFi and not the student WiFi. If we are supposed to be working on youth voices during English class, those who use their own computers can’t get on youth voices because it has Youtube and that is blocked on the student WiFi.
The restrictions are there because they want to keep us safe. But only the obvious sites should be blocked because the others are used for education like youth voices or even other informational sites. Even the Okemos High School website gets blocked. I think there are more informational sites than bad sites so that is a reason that some sites should be unblocked.
I also think we need to switch to a better internet provider. There have been many times where the teacher asks us to all go on one website, but we can’t because the WiFi is too slow. We cannot keep this slow internet connection because it is hard for us to get stuff done for our classes and it annoys students as well as the teachers.
One main reason that the school would not fix our internet problem is because of money. I know the Okemos administrators would not use the school funds just to fix the internet speed, but I think they should consider it. Students that don’t have WiFi at home need the internet at school to get their homework done. But if we have slow internet speed, they can’t get their homework done, which would result in them getting a zero on a homework that they could’ve easily got done if we had faster internet.
There are many things that could change in our school, but I think the most reasonable things to change are what websites are blocked and speeding up the WiFi. We need to unblock the useful websites and block those that aren’t. The WiFi is so slow in our school and I think we could speed it up. These things would benefit the school more than it would hurt it so there is no reason we shouldn’t do these minor things.