Websites Hurting Grades
In Joanne Cornejo's tenth grade humanities class at High Tech High School, the majority of students have laptop computers.
"The use of the computer far outweighs the downfalls of it," said Dean of High Tech High Dawn Dewitt.
Those downfalls, however, might be hurting students in their studies. A survey of more than 500 students at three Northern California high schools showed that what students do on computers away from school is seriously impacting their grades.
"It's a distraction, definitely. Yeah, I would say it does effect my grades," said student Krista Meinke.
The survey showed that seven of ten students with MySpace accounts had lower grades than last year. 34 percent said they'll put off homework to spend time in social networking sites.
"It's an easy way to procrastinate, so you just sign on and then go and do MySpace instead of doing homework," said Meinke, "I tell my mom I'm doing homework usually."
The survey showed 59 percent of students spend 30 minutes to six hours a day on social networking sites. Two students say they spend four hours a day on social sites, including Katie Smith, who also plays on her school's softball team.
"It depends on the student," said Smith. "I have a 4.0 and I am on it all the time."
The survey also showed that a majority of students are distracted during homework by instant messaging, text messaging and cell phones.
High Tech High School strictly forbids the use of social networking sites. If a student gets caught, they lose their computer privileges.
Reported by NBC's Artie Ojeda.
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