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    Are we OK to use Sparklebox

    We have been blocking sparklebox but today I have been asked to un-block it. Originally it was blocked for 2 reasons. 1) The owner had been charged with child offences 2) The toolbar seemed to be hogging way to many resources on the computer and might have had some nasty software under the hood.

    Have other schools started to use this website again?

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    I would say no, as we received an alert from our LA originally...and there has been no advice to the contrary yet.

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    Short answer - No

    Search back through the threads and you'll see why. Time has not changed anything

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    Don't do it. Nothing has changed and the funds still go into the offenders pocket or other interests one way or another.

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    Yes, continue to block it. And tell any staff members that start bleating about it being blocked and want to overlook the provenance of the site because it "has some really good resources and I'm too lazy to create them myself because I've got more important things to do like update my Facebook status because I've got a new pair of shoes", that they're stupid.

    /RANT OVER

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Yes, continue to block it. And tell any staff members that start bleating about it being blocked and want to overlook the provenance of the site because it "has some really good resources and I'm too lazy to create them myself because I've got more important things to do like update my Facebook status because I've got a new pair of shoes", that they're stupid.

    /RANT OVER
    Fully agree, this is laziness and wilful ignorance of the reasons behind it being blocked to save a bit of work.

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    dont unblock it. if they whinge just refer them to why its blocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edutech4schools View Post
    Have other schools started to use this website again?
    Since one of my schools has had an acting (up) head, I have seen an increasing amount of resources from this site used. Apparently it's OK to support a convicted criminal if it saves you some work. (Mind you, apparently lots of other dubious practises are OK if SWMBO wants).

    Still banned at LEA level though, and when we get our own filtering I intend to ban it (if not pre-banned) and if asked to unban it, I will put my case in writing and ask for a written reply before I am prepared to show someone how to unban it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    Just make sure they don't read the comments too much...

    Although the creater of sparklebox has done a disgraceful thing, i still, and will continue to use sparklebox. It is a fantastic website that offers invaluable resources that are first of all free (which is very rare) and more importantly time saving.

    If it wasn't for sparklebox, I would have to make them all myself, and I'm not there isn't a teacher in the world who will disagree with me when I say we already have far too much on our plates and are extremely overworked, without the added burdon of making a pretty numberline.

    In this instance, I'm sorry to say that morals and ethics come second place to my own wellbeing.

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    In this instance, I'm sorry to say that morals and ethics come second place to my own wellbeing.
    I wonder if this person would feel differently if their child was one of those who had had perverted pictures taken of them?

    Plus, is it too much effort to use (for example) Twinkl?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I wonder if this person would feel differently if their child was one of those who had had perverted pictures taken of them?

    Plus, is it too much effort to use (for example) Twinkl?
    That kind of person would probably think Jimmy Saville was an alright bloke (just a bit eccentric)!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    I wonder if this person would feel differently if their child was one of those who had had perverted pictures taken of them?
    Probably not. Moral outrage requires effort.

    Plus, their wellbeing hasn't been impacted.

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    Still blocked by Birmingham and at a local level and no plans to change it here

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    This was @GrumbleDook's word on it Sparklebox on Inside Out (BBC)

    As far as I'm aware, nothing has changed.

    He also posted this: Sparklebox Update

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