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    YouTube access in schools

    What do you do in your school to control access to you tube? Some schools ban it completely for students while others leave it completely open. Is there any detrimental effect to having free access to YouTube or is it a myth?

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    here its avalible but blocked for ict room unless its requested by the teacher/lunchtime

    with our ISP (Hampshire County Councle) they have it set to safe-mode only how ever this doesnt stop all flesh,

    there is a youtube for schools aswell that i have looked at but still havnt configured

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    We allow access for staff, but not students and this seems to be fine.

    We also use smoothwall to force SafeSearch and strip out the comments.

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    We allow staff and sixth form access with safe mode enforced

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    We allow for teaching staff and block for students, as Chris_Jones does above we also use smoothwall to force SafeSearch and strip out the comments.
    Works well for us here, never had any issues.

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    We allow full access to staff and EduTube for students. Comments removed and safe search enforced for all.

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    As others have said, access for staff is permitted, no access for any students.

    Been like that since 2009 and everyone is used to it now


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    Staff access is permitted, 6th formers get a quota - an hour a day for streaming media, social media and web mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byford-Rew View Post
    Is there any detrimental effect to having free access to YouTube or is it a myth?
    There are downsides. Mostly to do with productivity and safeguarding.

    We have YouTube completely unblocked here [YouTube for Schools is too hard apparently] and I'm constantly seeing staff just watching videos for no reason. Granted, the majority of them leave it until lunch/break but they're not the sort of videos they should be watching here.

    There's also the issue of certain content that is available. Softcore porn, entire copyrighted films, copyrighted music, violent videogames let's-plays/commentaries...

    Plus, the comments. Oh, God... the comments.


    Having it freely available also runs the risk of YouTube becoming a crutch for shoddy teachers. But, that's a similar problem to DVDs. [Don't bother to learn the subject so you can teach, just stick on a video about it.]

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    We moved from free and open access to Youtube to their Youtube for Schools system for a couple of reasons:

    Some pupils accessing inappropriate videos
    Our filtering not hiding comments
    A member of staff showing an inappropriate video.

    So now, I am the only person who can un-filter videos on there. It all depends on your kids and staff really!

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    A parent called the police out to a primary school when their child said an inappropriate image appeared on the teachers smartboard. The image was one of the random images listed down the side and caused a lot of stress for the teacher involved.

    Youtube is completely blocked at that school.

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    Our staff and students have full access to youtube but with comments removed. I don't see why students need youtube, but apparently it's needed for 'research'....

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    Years R-9 no access
    Years 10-13 full access with smoothwall filtering
    Staff full access with smoothwall filtering

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Jones View Post
    We allow access for staff, but not students and this seems to be fine.

    We also use smoothwall to force SafeSearch and strip out the comments.
    How do you prevent anyone from using the https version ?

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    Teachers can access Youtube - students can't. I direct teachers in primary schools to Quiet Youtube which blocks out the comments and the suggested videos, as usually there is no local control of filtering.

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