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    Do you allow Facebook for teachers?

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    We have been asked to allow Facebook for staff so they can use it in their free time.

    I'm not sure at the minute if I agree with this or not.

    What do you think?

    Probably can't stop it but just want to see what everyone's thoughts are.

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    Do you use any kind of filtering system like Smoothwall?

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    Leadership group only for investigative reasons.

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    Wow. Your staff have free time ;-)

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    Sounds like quite a poor management decision to me, I've no idea why they would encourage their staff to slack off in work time. They'll be asking you to unblock porn and gambling sites for them next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CyberNerd View Post
    Sounds like quite a poor management decision to me, I've no idea why they would encourage their staff to slack off in work time. They'll be asking you to unblock porn and gambling sites for them next.
    Free time is free time..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mullaney18 View Post
    Free time is free time..
    but it only takes one teacher to leave themselves logged in at lunchtime and boom that one picture of one teacher that appeared on facebook years ago gets printed out and sent around the school by all the kids.

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    This is not a support staff decision. It causes problems with work routines, privacy and potentially child protection. The decision needs to made by a member of SMT.

    Your not paid enough to deal with the fallout of this if/when the poo hits the fan/ someone holds you responsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennda View Post
    but it only takes one teacher to leave themselves logged in at lunchtime and boom that one picture of one teacher that appeared on facebook years ago gets printed out and sent around the school by all the kids.
    This would be why I would say NO to this - teachers often leave their laptops logged on - it doesnt matter what I say or do they still do it. Facebook on the laptop would be a nightmare

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mullaney18 View Post
    Free time is free time..
    No? It is untimetabled time. If they're onsite, then the equipment is for school use, not facebooking.

    We have it blocked for everyone - it just isn't safe to have it open for anyone tbh. If someone left their account logged in, which they would, there could be all sorts of consequences. I wouldn't feel happy with it being allowed in school, no matter how much the new-age views of some in school ICT have taken hold (ie. those who think blocking is the wrong thing to do).

    Just like we have personal email sites blocked too, and gambling sites. They are all inappropriate for school use.

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    Yep, all pretty much what I'm thinking.

    You wouldn't believe it comes from the SLT, they over ruled my manager and said to enable but they will disapline anyone for being on it too long.

    My thinking is, it's either on there or it's not. How long is too long and who's going to have to go through the logs.

    At the minute admon already have it but for work related only.

    If only there is a network security concern...
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    TBH I dont see the issue with going on Facebook in their lunchtime but the issue of how long is completely irrelevant compared with the safety and security issues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dany2010 View Post
    Yep, all pretty much what I'm thinking.

    You wouldn't believe it comes from the SLT, they over ruled my manager and said to enable but they will disapline anyone for being on it too long.

    My thinking is, it's either on there or it's not. How long is too long and who's going to have to go through the logs.

    At the minute admon already have it but for work related only.

    If only there is a network security concern...
    Just make them aware of what you can and cannot do in terms of reporting and open the gates of filtering!. Sounds likeva badly thought out decision but if they're responsible they'll have consulted all the relevant experts and made an informed idea. Either that or someone has had a go at one of them!.

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    We allow it for our HR department and for our Assistant headteacher who is responsible for bullying and esafety to deal with incidents.

    I'm surprised any SLT have made a decision to unblock facebook within school. All it takes, as has been said, is for a teacher to leave it logged in and walk away from their desk without locking it (which happens all the time) and suddenly thats a potential major issue.

    As you say, who is going to check your filter logs every day to work out who was on it, when and for how long.......each to their own, I'm surprised by that decision though

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    Facebook is blocked to everyone here, apart from me - as I update the school Facebook Page, and any issues arising relating to Facebook come to me too...

    It's never come up in discussion, other than some staff asking after seeing that I can get on... I can't imagine ever unblocking it for staff, I'm sure productivity would drop dramatically...

    If it did ever come up, I would strongly urge them to allow me to just unblock it before and after school, rather than any time... as others have said, there's too much risk of an increase in issues if they're on it while all the pupils are about...

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