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General Chat Thread, Sparklebox in General; Current advice is still to block it. It was discussed at a recent Kent eSafety Strategy Group meeting (multi agency ...
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    Current advice is still to block it. It was discussed at a recent Kent eSafety Strategy Group meeting (multi agency across the county)... it is a shame if swgfl have to repeat their advice for your school to follow it.

    The guy is a convicted paedophile. He should not be profiting from schools no matter how pretty the resources are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_ View Post
    SMT agreed that is was a very valuable resource for teaching
    Teaching what exactly? Like how not to leave the placeholder index.htm file as the default homepage on an Apache web server?

    Honestly though, that's all I get when I click on the link you posted.

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    I've mentioned that they could use Twinkl but apparently Sparklebox is better.

    I agree with you @elsiegee40 especially as the kids at our school are paying to be there! Apparently because he's been released from prison it's ok now.

    On the other hand I guess the school wouldn't employ a paedophile that has been released from prison on the assumption that they are no longer a threat.
    Last edited by Chris_; 3rd December 2013 at 07:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_ View Post
    I've mentioned that they could use Twinkl but apparently Sparklebox is better.

    I agree with you @elsiegee40 especially as the kids at our school are paying to be there! Apparently because he's been released from prison it's ok now.

    On the other hand I guess the school wouldn't employ a paedophile that has been released from prison on the assumption that they are no longer a threat.
    My independent prep still has it firmly banned... I don't see that changing any time soon fortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_ View Post
    Nono. I had to unblock it SMT agreed that is was a very valuable resource for teaching. Saves the teachers loads of time etc.. All the news articles, guidelines from county councils, SWGfL etc are a couple of years old so therefore irrelevant apparently.
    So your school is happy to help finance a twice-convicted paedophile? Maybe if the Jimmy Savile fan club wanted to pay to use the school hall they'd be down with that, too?

    Surely the multiple domain names gives you a clue as to how above-board this site is?

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    SMT agreed that is was a very valuable resource for teaching

    I know I'm a stroppy git, but I'd definitely require that order to be in writing, on actual paper with an actual signature at the bottom of it before I complied, by way of covering my metaphorical hindquarters.
    Asking for stuff in legally admissible format seems to focus the mind of the person doing the asking on occasion.

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    As above, have it in writing and have that framed and on your wall. Also, go above them and run it past the governors - with something like this you can NOT be too safe.
    Personally I think it's amusingly bad that anyone in such a position would ever actually want to use resources from there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by synaesthesia View Post
    As above, have it in writing and have that framed and on your wall. Also, go above them and run it past the governors - with something like this you can NOT be too safe.
    Personally I think it's amusingly bad that anyone in such a position would ever actually want to use resources from there...
    Dear LEA/Chairman of the board of governors,
    The Head would like me to unblock a website run by a convicted Paedophile. Is that alright?

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    That's pretty much the shape of it!
    Tell you what, when you do it, let us know. I'd love to see how fast anyone let alone SMT run when a parent governor sees that....

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    It might be worth checking your filters if you use Websense. I just looked at mine and despite my having blocked it manually some time back, it had reset itself back as an 'educational resource' site since I last looked.

    Handy.

    The access logs show some of our staff all over it like a rash, so there's a carefully worded email going out in a minute.

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    What's CEOPs current stance on it? At the time it was:

    Following his sentencing in January, a spokeswoman for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceops) said it felt schools could use the site.

    "Ceops feels that schools can resume use of this website in line with their normal risk assessment and management processes and in consultation with local authorities," she said

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibbo View Post
    What's CEOPs current stance on it?
    Surely that shouldn't be the only concern, though? What if the KKK started up a website with great resources - would it be right to use it?

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    SMT need to consider how it could be perceived by parents if they found out their school was funding a convicted sex offender. A good rule of thumb is "if you wouldn't employ them at the school, you shouldn't be funding their business". Heads that condone SparkleBox probably don't understand how the ad-funded 'free' resource sites work.

    Another thing to consider is what the school's response would be if the Daily Fail ran a headline of "SCHOOL USES DISPLAYS MADE BY PAEDOPHILE TEACHER". Do they think they could come out of that looking good? I would suggest probably not.

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    You have to ask why the Daily Mail hasn't run such an article yet?

    Simon

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    Someone would have to tell them first*. They're not exactly renowned for investigative journalism.

    * Don't all rush at once

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