Facebook proposal continues to spark debate

The Newtonite

by Jared Perlo
As the Student Faculty Administration’s (SFA) legislative year begins to wrap up, the governing body is still hard at work trying to hammer out one last proposal before the summer.
During the past two meetings, SFA members have deliberated on senior Lucia Grigoli’s bill, which suggests allowing access to Facebook within the school throughout the school day.
Despite student SFA delegates’ support for the bill, faculty members have been warier of the bill’s implications.
One major argument against the bill is that if the school allows Facebook access, administration members might be tasked with additional responsibilities to prevent cyberbullying.
Parents, such as Claudia Wu, have also expressed concern that unblocking Facebook would be an unwise move.
“I think parents are also concerned about the computer use by their kids,” Wu said.
Wu also noted that, regardless of Facebook use in school, the online giant is becoming more and more powerful. Wu pointed out that everything a Facebook user posts online becomes Facebook’s property and questioned whether allowing the social media network within the school would be a prudent decision.
“Do we want to keep feeding that beast?” Wu asked the SFA.
Grigoli concluded Wednesday’s meeting by pushing back against worried parents and charging that using Facebook is an individual option and is in no way mandatory.
“A lot of the reason parents don’t want this bill passed is because of fear,” Grigoli said. “It’s a personal choice. If the product appeals to you, then you can use it.”