We get many questions around this topic on games, especially on games that are not blocked on a school computer. Schools and school administrators block games frequently to ensure that students are using their computer facilities optimally and for educational purposes only. That said, almost all schools have access to the internet and once you have an open internet, you will have students using them to play games. To combat this, schools have turned to blocking sites that run games. They do this by individually blocking each website on their internal firewall or they set up a filter that looks for certain keywords that indicate that the website is a game site.
Some schools are taking this to the next level by blocking access to frequently used and popular social networking sites since social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace allow you to play games within the website itself. Finding games that are not blocked on a school’s computer becomes a cat and mouse game between the students and the administrators as new sites keep cropping up and once they do, the schools network administrator will go through their monthly logs and add those sites that are suspected as gaming sites to the network filter thereby blocking access to the site.
That said, there are certain games that are very educational in purpose. More and more games are being created each day that focuses on education and help to improve certain skills of a student, be it Math or English. Sites such as coolmath.com and many Disney sites are left unblocked simply because they have games that educators recognize as games that improve the education of a student.
In the end it is a fine line, educators are coming down on games and game sites that are deemed to not add value and students are always on the lookout for new destinations and websites where they can play fun games, games that are most definitely blocked on most school computers once it comes to the school’s attention.
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