Wi-Fi Helps Control Rowdy Students on School Bus

Thanks to technology, beleaguered school bus drivers have a new tool to control rowdy students: give 'em the Interwebs to surf.

Students endure hundreds of hours on yellow buses each year getting to and from school in this desert exurb of Tucson, and stir-crazy teenagers break the monotony by teasing, texting, flirting, shouting, climbing (over seats) and sometimes punching (seats or seatmates).

But on this chilly morning, as bus No. 92 rolls down a mountain highway just before dawn, high school students are quiet, typing on laptops.

Morning routines have been like this since the fall, when school officials mounted a mobile Internet router to bus No. 92’s sheet-metal frame, enabling students to surf the Web. The students call it the Internet Bus, and what began as a high-tech experiment has had an old-fashioned — and unexpected — result. Wi-Fi access has transformed what was often a boisterous bus ride into a rolling study hall, and behavioral problems have virtually disappeared.

“It’s made a big difference,” said J. J. Johnson, the bus’s driver. “Boys aren’t hitting each other, girls are busy, and there’s not so much jumping around.”


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Just so you know the high school gives out these laptops to all students, for free. You just have to give it back in the summer, and not lose it or break it. And you buy insurance in case something does break.
The high school actually blocks the vast majority of websites, especially porn, youtube, and social networking thing, and neo nazi stuff. It's actually hard to do a research paper about Nazis without stumbling on a blocked site. Which of course, the computer tells you is blocked.
I just wanted to add my input as im a student at this high school (Empire High School), for a couple of years now
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Whether you choose to give your child a personal laptop or smart phone (and let them operate it outside of your supervision) is a decision that should require a lot of deliberation and communication between the family. However, if you let your high school student take such a piece of technology to school: I will call you a moron. If it doesn't get confiscated within a week, it will get stolen. Bad idea.
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That's essentially the same mindset behind putting dvd players in minivans. It may make them more technology-dependent and ADD, but it shuts them up for 20 minutes...
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