Removal of access to online features, sites causes issues


Cade Austin Becker

The dreadful screen that discontinues the access among many websites appearing on a student’s screen.

There is a significant obstacle that disrupts Hays High students’ potential to learn and to work online. The denied entry to many websites, programs and features prevents students from accessing key websites that they normally use.

The prohibited sites include music sites like Pandora and Spotify, Microsoft Store resources and games, other gaming sites and even some internet sites that are used for school, like YouTube, which was blocked at the beginning of the year.

The restrictions that are in place may be for proper student and device conduct and safety, but some are unnecessary.

First, music sites should be available because music benefits the minds of students.

According to a study by Dr. Masha Godkin of North Central University, “Music activates both the left and right brain at the same time, and the activation of both hemispheres can maximize learning and improve memory.” Another study was done by a research team at Stanford University on Aug. 1, 2007, which said, “The research team showed that music engages the areas of the brain involved with paying attention, making predictions and updating the event in memory.”

Like listening to music, playing some games can also have positive effects on the minds of people.

While gaming sites can be a distraction during class at unacceptable times, video games are directly linked to creative thinking, problem solving and intellectual focus to keep the mind sharp, according to an article by a Harvard University student.

Many of these blocked websites include Roblox, Unblocked Games, Facebook, Instagram and even more. These websites are used either for communication or gaming. These should not be blocked, as students should be able to use them in their free time.

This issue is a problem that impedes Hays High students’ ways of life, leaving many in a feeling controlled by the school and losing the capability of doing simple actions, such as listening to music while working or playing games while relaxing.