Just read today that Limewire, very well known amongst our preteens and teens in k12 schools (and YIKES, even younger kids) has been shut down. Should we teach students about this? YOU BET.
Students have a serious understanding of what Limewire and other similar sites can do. But it is also a huge MISunderstanding. Many believe that since it is so easily available and a piece of cake to do it (sharing and downloading songs on sites like this) then it can’t possibly be illegal, and not even remotely wrong. After all, surely the hardware and sites wouldn’t be out there and widely available if it were wrong? Right? NO.
Sounds like not only a much needed topic to be covered in maybe a current events class, but also a parent workshop waiting to happen. Don’t let this teachable moment pass you by!
Look at all the crocodile tears!! Oh but while there are crocodile tears being shed, the networks of those who just have to have their music for free are busy sharing their next favorite P2P sharing sites. It’s sort of like the filter in k12 schools. Shut one proxy down and there are five more to take its place. Whack a mole anyone?