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e-Safety Thread, Grooveshark in School Administration; I've had passed on to me that some primary schools have been having a problem with GrooveShark, where pupils have ...
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    Grooveshark

    I've had passed on to me that some primary schools have been having a problem with GrooveShark, where pupils have been registering for accounts and listening to music. Whilst his is pretty ok, and generally it should be a classroom management issue to deal with the disruption in class, the service does have songs with explicit lyrics in, cover art which can be a tad on the adult side (usually blocked within our area at least), and you are meant to be 13+ to sign up for it ...

    and then you have the links in to twitter and facebook too ...

    I'm not too fussed about it for secondary schools, but I am erring on the side of caution with advice to primary schools ... and I am not one for blocking things unless needed.

    Have others come across it and how has it been dealt with by them?

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    The Dorset CC asked us to limit its use as it was using tonnes of bandwidth. I now don't allow rich media to work on any website that hasn't been pre approved.

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    Fortunately not seen it in use in any of my schools (though it doesn't appear to be blocked).

    I do use it a fair bit at home (have an old wireless PDA hooked up to a speaker in the kitchen) as most of the similar services need services that don't seem to work with mobile browsers (unless you pay) and someone's written a WinMo application. Does anyone know how legal it is? A search for song X seems to bring up a plethora of results, suggesting to me that it's similar to YouTube in that there's little policing of content.

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    You can't get any Beatles songs on it, so it must be legit.



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