By Henry Francis, eHow Contributor
The argument over the benefits and negatives of using computers in classroom is a hot point of debate. While there are clear benefits, including helping special needs students and teaching students valuable life skills that they will need in the workplace, there are also several negatives, such as issues with safety on the Internet and long-term health problems.
Exposes Students To Harmful Websites
oAlthough many schools apply Internet filters to their computers, it is still possible for students to use proxy servers to access unsuitable resources such as gaming, social media networks and pornographic material. In particular, browsing social media websites and chat rooms exposes students to the risks of potentially dangerous child predators who seek to deceive students. A further problem stemming from the use of Internet filters is that, when they are in place, educators assume their students are safe and do not provide a high level of supervision, assuming their students are unable to visit undesirable websites. Provides a Distraction
oUsing computers in the classroom often leads to students becoming distracted. Regardless of Internet filters, students are still able to access social media, gaming and potentially harmful websites, all of which serves to distract them from the primary focus of the lesson. Although there are tools that educators can use to combat distraction, such as supervision of all computer use or turning off monitors from their own computer, this results in stoppages to classes which makes teaching difficult.
Filters Can Limit and Frustrate Students
oNearly all computers in schools have Internet filters applied. These filters are often crude in the websites they prohibit students from viewing, with the intention of ensuring students cannot visit harmful or obscene websites. However, this occasionally means that students are unable to access...