I've been asked to unblock Youtube for a lesson but unblocking YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. allows the text and graphics through but not the videos. What else do I need to unblock?
Easier to give them Level 1 filtering and get them to login to the portal perhaps?
Then its not open for the kids to access.EIS 27-Apr-2009
An embc decision has been made that means from 1st May 2009 You Tube will be available to all users with Level 1 filtering.
Ask the staff what video they require from You Tube, then go to google, type in the title of the video, then copy the URL of the you tube link without clicking on the link. (Under each search result in google, there is a URL), then go to Zamzar - Free online file conversion which will download it for you into any format you like. If you don't have much space on your servers, upload it to a storage site i.e. YouSendIt - Send large files - transfer delivery - FTP Replacement and give the staff the link to it.
P.s. This all works even when the smart filter is in place
Last edited by oalcock; 30th September 2009 at 01:17 PM. Reason: Smart Filter Compatability
I have been using ZamZar now for 7 months, and I mean proper using it, like once a week. I like it; but its up to yourself if you want to use it or not. I haven't got any junk mail from it or viruses, I just recon its sound for downloading videos.
If you want to go into how downloading from you tube is illegal, if you research into the copyright laws into more depth, you will find it is for personal home use anyway and not for enterprise use.
Maybe try a better pop up blocker? Or try turning pop up blocker on? as I have just gone onto the site now and not 1 pop up has come up.
Have you tried just adding 'youtube' to the keywords filter, local allow list in Netsweeper?
Jobos (30th September 2009)
I simply gave a warning for those who want to use that website. I said be careful...I didnt say do not use it. Your own personal experience of a website does not mean that others will have the same experience...differing versions of java/flash/anti-virus etc will yield varying results.
As sparkeh said, level 1 filtering (aimed at use by adults) now allows access to YouTube. If you are using Local Control of Filtering you will need to add it to your white list and not restrict any extension.
Have you tried giving your 1st line a call about it?
Edu-IT (30th September 2009)
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. will also stop videos playing...
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