What is it? This is an extension for the Google Chrome browser that blocks any and all mentions of Miley Cyrus on the Internet.
How does it work? To be fair, it doesn’t really remove references to the tabloid star. Instead, a user viewing a Web site that uses any of the targeted words or phrases (Miley Cyrus, Miley Ray Cyrus, twerk/twerking, MileyCyrus, Wrecking Ball, etc.) on a device with the extension installed will see those words and phrases replaced with a series of pound symbols (#). Additionally, the extension will blur all images of Cyrus on the Internet.
How hard is it to use? Not hard at all. Simply install the extension from Google and launch the Chrome browser.
How well does it work? Very well—it does what it promises. There is some debate as to whether it effectively deters users from seeking out Cyrus-related content or draws greater attention to such content, but the fact remains that once the extension is installed, Miley Cyrus will not appear on screen via the Internet.
How do I use it in the classroom? Although not as comprehensive, this is an excellent alternative to expensive Internet filtering systems. Google also offers additional, content-specific extensions that will block all references to celebrities such as Nickelback, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and the Kardashians.
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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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