If I get more information I will pass it on.The keeper of the Sparklebox site who is still subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order for 15 years has been found to also be the keeper of a site called www.lettersandsounds.com which looks like a link to Sparklebox. Based on our current practice of blocking child access to Sparklebox the block has been extended to this new site in line with colleagues in the other RBCs.
Cheers Tony already done here ;D
Yeah blocked here by WSGFL under the global blocked category.
Also sparklebox2.co.uk is another site.
eduabncs (11th April 2011)
Now hearing that Sparklebox has been taken over by a legitimate company and that some schools are allowing its use again. Still blocked here - Essex - anyone know any more?
The thing that really gets to me is that when I tell teachers about the current information that is available in the public domain - they don't care
If Lancs aren't blocking it - they'll use it
I, personally, will have nothing to do with it and point blank refuse to help with any issues with it - all you can do is try and educate and vote with your feet.
I feel very sad about the situation
Due to libel law being on the side of people that some would allege have done bad things, this is never going to happenOn something like this, I'd want a proper public announcement, rather than word of mouth type info.
If I was involved in a company where a person involved with it was convicted of certain offences, I'd be going out of my way to clear the air and say that that person wasn't involved anymore.
I've not seen anything to that effect but of course that doesn't allegedly mean anything and nothing can be inferred from the lack of a statement
I have not had anything mentioned yet. NEN Tech Group have been meeting and so if any of the other RBCs know anything they are likely to pass it on through there.
I will ask and see what the response is, but until anything is confirmed then we will be recommending that no change is made to blocking it or dissuading staff from using it.
Thanks for replies - just looking for clear facts to counteract the rumours!
*In the interest of clarity, AFAIK the toolbar is not a "bad 'un" - just illustrating the type of person.
I think the words that stop you getting sued is "convicted downloader of inappropriate images of children"
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