Spotted on a blog for a class of 8 year olds using a free blog service today by one of my students…
The service providing these free blogs used by children to share their learning is running a rolling selection of adverts under every post, including the one above. Of note is that fact I wasn’t seeing this due to having an ad blocker installed, so was heartily recommending said provider to my students for running their own class blogs. No longer.
To be fair this is a not a service designed specifically for schools or education.
So this is an extreme example, but it raises the question ‘Is it ethical to subject children to advertising in school in return for free web services?‘.