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Your Name and Title: Linda Flannelly

School or Organization Name: Lindenhurst High School

Co-Presenter Name(s): Global Youth Action Alliance Club

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: New York, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): High School students, teachers, and leaders

Short Session Description (one line): The Apocalypse and Internet Filtering in American Schools:  Privacy policies in American schools are preventing students and teachers from learning about current global events and from sustaining our planet.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

I am a high school assistant principal who, together with my students, has been collaborating on projects with schools around the world to actualize the UN Sustainable Development Goals. A barrier to our work has been internet filtering.  Like most high schools in America, we are prohibited from connecting with individuals or schools outside of our own school’s network. Also, social media, where you can get the most current news (with multiple perspectives) is blocked for both teachers and students. Although our state and federal departments of education encourage Americans to follow them on social media (for the most current and innovative practices), we cannot!  Most disturbing: If school is the only place a student has internet access (for financial reasons), his/her learning will be stifled.

  • How can we teach students digital, media, and global literacy if school districts depend on internet filtering companies to inconsistently decide which information on the Internet can be accessed?
  • Why are school boards allowing software filtering companies to inconsistently block valid educational resources?

Objective: To draw attention to this dirty little secret in America and to petition the U.S. Department of Education to intervene in this crisis.


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Can you edit this proposal and add additional language that ties to our mission? Please review our mission here: Also, please indicate the objectives and outcomes for participants from your presentation. What are you and your students hoping to accomplish?

Let me know when you've had the opportunity to make some changes, and I'll be happy to review this again. 


Lucy Gray

Conference Co-Chair

Just an FYI, revisions to submitted proposals are due by November 10, 2019. Please review our mission and make sure your proposal aligns to our global mission: Email me when you are ready to have me review your proposal again at

Thank you,

Lucy Gray

Conference Co-Chair


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