Using Facebook to catch out the Facebook users

Passing notes in class, sticking bubblegum under desks and carving “Mr Gibbons sucks” into tabletops were just some of the activities Downtime indulged in during our youth.

But now it’s the 21st century and those days are over. Global Secure Systems (GSS) an IT security consultancy, has uncovered that UK school children are looking at social networking websites during their lessons instead concentrating on the three Rs. In its survey, conducted through Facebook, a staggering 52 per cent of the 1000 children aged between 13 and 17 who participated, confessed that they did so during lessons. Over a quarter admitted they were doing so for in excess of 30 minutes a day. Maybe if online face book surveys weren’t so readily available on Facebook, children would be getting on with their work – eh GSS?

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I would like to suggest that the survey highlights the need to block access to ALL areas of the Facebook site during lesson times.

I see no problem with supplying 'readily available' access to surveys, feedback forms or any other communication aspect of the Facebook site during break-times or other pre-defined periods. Let's not forget there are also some very positive benefits to the use of 'social-networking' sites.

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