Editorial: New Internet access for students

Walk down any hallway, look into any room, sit in any cafeteria seat, and you will see students hunched over, staring at their phones.

While this may be seen as a negative by staff members, cellphone usage has become an essential part of teenage culture.

Social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat have fostered a new form of connection between students.

These mediums allow students to find common interests with other students and to document their shared experiences.

Because of these websites, students are able to see daily occurrences in the lives of their family members and friends.

During the 2010-2011 school year, Schreiber presented its students with a gift: free Wi-Fi.

However, this gift came with certain restrictions.  Major social sites such as FaceBook and YouTube were blocked to students using the school Wi-Fi.

Therefore, in order to access these websites, students were forced to switch to their limited data plans with slower Internet connections.

Having to switch to their data plans made students unhappy as these plans get used up very quickly and are extrememly expensive.

Although these services are not necessary, students turn to them as a means of relieving stress throughout the day.

The Schreiber Times believes that it is important for students to have a way to relax in between classes in order to improve their productivity during classtime.

It is not uncommon to see groups of students laughing over a YouTube video during their off period.

They might also  share the latest occurrences on Twitter.

Others prefer to look up news events and use their free time to become more globally aware.

By diving into the virtual world, students are able to escape the constant pressures of school—although only for a moment—and to regain energy to continue learning.

As of this month, Schreiber has unblocked many of these websites.

The Schreiber Times commends the administration’s decision to aid the student body in accessing the Internet sites quickly and easily.

The Schreiber Times would also like to warn the students to embrace this new gift and to use it safely and wisely.