Apart from the child protection aspects of social networking, every teacher I've spoken to regards it as a menance when in computer suites as it absorbs so much of students lesson time.
Not that it stops some of them using it in school themselves.....
anyone seen kids using https to access facebook?
hard to believe it but we've just done a 5 day ban on facebook across the school(our head allows students to access it, was ok untill they came back after xmas almost all of them have come back as addicts),
took some of them 36hrs to realise they could access pages via https://. going to have to check it out a bit more tomorrow and as a quick fix added a DNS zone for facebook which broke it nicely in the short term.
I have a feeling this was due to SSL port being open on the firewall...... (we use DG/smoothwall express although 1 of toms lot is coming to see us soon ) but haven't had a real chance to look at it properly with my "senior" tech(18!) off sick this week.
kids and the internet are like the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinite_monkey_theorem"]infinite monkey theorem[/ame]....and it doesn't matter how unclever individuals are, collectively they figure stuff out quick.
the most foolproof system is a walled garden type affair in which "unknown" sites are blocked by default. Such is ours and applies to staff too. The most problems we have are kids playing flash games when they should be working.
Last edited by browolf; 9th February 2010 at 09:12 PM.
Our LA's ISP block facebook and similar social networking sites, and I had little idea how they were still spending all their lesson time on it.
When we got Smoothwall School Guardian two years ago, I found it blocking the whole load of proxies they had been using.
Facebook is dead in our school now (as far as we know!).
I would seriously recommend you get SG or something similar.
the persistence of kids really knows no bounds!
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