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    Sparklebox

    Now legally, I'm not sure about the ground that John stands on but I FULLY support the sentiments expressed by him and I'm still upset at the number of teachers that simply don't care about who the owner was/is as long as they can print out shiny pictures.

    The "Cone of Legal Silence" around Sparklebox is a damming indictment of today's "watch what you say otherwise we'll sue you" culture

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    If this is true
    Company Check - Free company financial check on SPARKLEBOX TEACHER RESOURCES LIMITED. Registered number 06164228. Free company accounts. Companies House information

    then it just shows the state of the world we live in

    Simon
    PS I know there are far worse issues in the real world but this is our part of the world

    At least when I still refuse to help a teacher with the site-I'm doing my bit to try to try and bring peoples attention to the issue - maybe Mr Gove should address this sort of issue rather than length of the school day?

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    Its also full of viruses thanks to ad banners, most teachers don't care, anything that saves them a little work is beyond reproach in their opinion.

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    Thanks SI, nearly forgot to check that its blocked on new filtering.
    @tom_newton you should be blocking this by default

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    Good Move SI

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    Websense has it listed as "educational materials" - Which I've amended on mine into "Questionable" tout-suite

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    I removed the sparklebox toolbar from a teacher laptop just last week. It was there because Twinkl have started charging £30pa apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mats View Post
    I removed the sparklebox toolbar from a teacher laptop just last week. It was there because Twinkl have started charging £30pa apparently.
    Tell me who that was, I have a shortlist...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    Tell me who that was, I have a shortlist...
    Couldn't say (in a public forum). DM / email.

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    For some time now this has been a moral question. For clarity, the site is still owned and run by Kinge. It is not thought that he poses a direct threat to children through the site which is now monitored. There are i suppose questions about whether as a school/teacher you are happy in using the materials from the site and therefore supporting a twice convicted sex offender, (and just as importantly would the parents of the children you teach) this is the crux.

    The statement issued by the South West Grid for Learning issued in May 2010 South West Grid for Learning Trust - Legal Statement Regarding Sparklebox still applies.

    Great to see members supporting the action taken.

    Egomaster5 - SWGfL

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    I've had a few instances of this popping up again recently - both from sparklebox.co.uk and sparkleplus.co.uk. All instances have been blocked (the plus one is new to me but don't know how long it's existed). However the only reason it's been popping up is because of other related infections on those computers, mostly as a result of the toolbar. It's not just moral now, (not that it was ever a tough choice in my eyes, it appears to be so for many teachers) it's a matter of data security.
    I've put in rating overrides on the firewalls so it now falls under "Malicious websites".

    I'm not aware of Twinkl charging £30pa but if *any* teacher think's that's unreasonable they have problems other than figuring out moral code. That's a few pounds a month and guarantee the same people are probably spending that on daft charities (Sponsor a tibetan tiger now for only £3 a month and get a cuddly toy!)
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    The toolbar was always a worry. Nothing comes for free and the advertsing, spam, virus issues were always a possible outcome. Worthwhile others considering this but not likely many teachers will

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConradJones View Post
    Thanks SI, nearly forgot to check that its blocked on new filtering.
    @tom_newton you should be blocking this by default
    I was under the impression we were - I have a vague recollection of a discussion about this with @nile_c - i'll ask him what the score is when I am back in the office

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    I was under the impression we were - I have a vague recollection of a discussion about this with @nile_c - i'll ask him what the score is when I am back in the office
    i removed it from my custom blocked content and it was allowed through. I'll be adding the other urls on this page.

    My personal attitude is it should never be allowed in schools, but i can't force my view on other people

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    I was under the impression we were - I have a vague recollection of a discussion about this with @nile_c - i'll ask him what the score is when I am back in the office
    No I had to add it to a block list.

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