I am the *brand new* Library Media Assistant at a middle school library. I'm wondering if any your schools allow students to play online games, like at lunch or after school. I'm trying to find some "safe" games/websites that I can put on a list to offer up to the principal.
The principal came in after school and scolded a (shy, quiet, friendless) boy who was playing games online. It was Farmville, to be precise. (I felt awful; it was SO embarrassing for the boy! I felt so bad!) The principal says it is against district policy to play online games and that they can only play games that are run off of the computer itself. I called the main office and spoke to the head of technology and according to her there is no official district policy about playing online games, it's the principal's decision. *Sigh.*
Mini-rant: I'm trying to get kids to use the library by showing them that it's a fun place to be, not just a stuffy place to do homework. Yesterday it was the principle that came in and proclaimed, "The library is a place to study, that's the only thing we do here." and today the vice-principle came in and said basically the same thing. I wanted to shout "Noooooo!" They are scaring off the few regular patrons we have--good, respectful patrons who love the library! How do I make it stop?