Dr. Marvin Schick on the Lakewood internet ban.
The money quote: “What the Lakewood schools have done needs to be challenged, lest what is toxic spreads.”
His solution: “Technology to restrict what can be accessed has been developed. While apparently it is not totally effective, improvements are being made, and together with parental determination to establish firm rules regarding where computers are placed and how and when they can be used by children, we should be able to attain a comfort level regarding the availability of inappropriate material… Instead of following the well-trodden path of issuing bans, our rabbis and educators should deal with the obviously troubling consequences of Internet access by teaching and emphasizing how restraint and prudence can reduce and perhaps eliminate the potential harm to children.”
And I’m sure he wasn’t referring to Hirhurim when he wrote: “There is a gray zone occupied by bloggers…”