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It's Your Turn: Readers react to Wi-Fi on school buses

Matt Salo, head mechanic with Alexandria schools Transportation Department, installs a device to provide Internet access on a school bus. (contributed)

This "It's Your Turn" includes comments from our Facebook readers to the Sept. 1 story, "Students get more homework time on bus rides; Alexandria schools to unveil Wi-Fi on school buses this school year."

Randy Olson: No. Just no! Kids need down time! Time to look out their window and see the sky, talk to the kid next to them. No!

Angie Reichmann: Now they will say that they can give more homework because kids can do it on the bus too!

Nick Lenz: This is great, especially for student athletes and those who ride more than an hour in the morning and afternoon. Gives them a chance to get their work done during that down time, so when they get home from an out of town athletic trip, for example, they then don't need to stay up even later to get their work done for the next day. More family time, down time is important.

Missy Randt: How about not having a two-hour route bus ride instead? Kids didn't need Internet with real books and pencil and paper. Society is seriously failing our children. Soon kids will never have to have person-to-person communication.

Nicole Hachmann: I would bet 75 percent will be on social media, not doing homework.

Steve Gadbaw: Anyone remember a time when they taught and gave you an assignment then gave you time to work on it in class so if you had questions they were there to help? So if it became homework, it was very little instead of two to four hours worth.

Melissa Ann: This will be great for the students that are on the buses late with activities!

Stacy 'Beck' Haugen: Bottom line, students and athletes will have more productive time if they need it or maybe they will choose to use it for down time. I don't think it matters how they choose to use it. My kids would have loved this option.

Maria Higgins: Umm...yeah...sure that's what will happen. More "homework time" with Wi-Fi to a group of kids in a mostly unsupervised environment. Excuse me while I just roll my eyes until they pop out of my skull.

Stephanie Mulder: Thank you, District 206, for providing for our children and keeping our district up-to-date with technological advances. How the students utilize this is up to them, which teaches them decision-making skills. Parents can help teach responsibility.

Jake Capistrant: What ever happened to looking for deer or talking to you friend next to you? Times are a changin.

Bri Higley: The Wi-Fi is structured and only to be used on homework. Kids won't be able to access game sites and naughty things they shouldn't be looking at.

Brian Hedstrom: I was told there would be restricted access to all social media sites and game sites, only allowing educational type activities. Even though I believe there is always an end run around a lot of these blockers I don't see the downside to this.

Jay Sieling: This is a good idea. Some students may only have Wi-Fi access at school, not at home. Extending the reach and availability of access to Wi-Fi is a plus. Until we have dependable border to border broadband, initiatives like this will need to fill gaps in the digital divide.

Jeff Robert Way: This is nonsense! I used to be a sub school bus driver. It is bad enough when kids don't even know their routes or their way home.

Andrea Courtney Bergquist: As a route driver, I would be opposed to it. The kids love interacting with each other. On over-the-road trips I get it, as it gets very late when kids are returning from activities.

Monty Normand: Kids need down time too. Mark my words, in 10-15 years there will be mandatory teaching about disconnecting. We will have to teach the next generation's human interactions, communications, and just plain relaxation.

Margie Rock: My children had a long bus ride (over an hour), and always had the goal to finish homework before they got off the bus. Kids today need better time management skills.

Colleen Sluss Gorman: From what I've heard from teacher friends, kids today get a lot more homework to do. I personally wonder about the worth of homework. Course, we also had work waiting for us at home.

Mike Justice: Stupid; my kids get a green slip if they touch their phone on the bus but they are going to let them use a laptop?

Lori Gibson: Negativity abounds! My kids are on the bus for an hour each way. I set up my son's Kindle with a reading requirement before any play time, and have placed limits on things like social media. When the kids get home I want them to be outside, to hang with us, to talk and engage. If you are actively parenting your child, you choose the right tools with the right amount of controls. It's a great benefit, and I love that Alexandria has a school district that makes use of technology in a positive way — it's not going to go away.