Smoothwall - monitoring Hotmail content
Long story short, I'm a teacher (puts tin hat on), not very technical (more of a web design woman), who's ended up as quite a large stakeholder on the ICT committee in a smallish independent school in the North West (with little money, hence them letting me have a big say in things even though I'm only 3 years out of uni - eek).
So, the committe are looking at implementing Smoothwall Guardian maybe at the start of the next calendar year, but I'd like to clear up a couple of questions before I give my 'yes' vote.
Unbelievably, our pupils' email accounts are with... HOTMAIL. Senior management aren't letting us change this as it would create 'too much confusion' (I've just been involved in manually registering 102 Hotmail accounts for next month's new intake).
This obviously means that we don't want to block Hotmail completely, but we want to monitor what pupils do on their personal accounts. When they login to their Hotmail, will Smoothwall be able to 'capture' their emails for us to see, or just block those pages which it deems unsuitable. It's all in our user agreement that we will monitor personal emails, but the only way we can do this at the moment us to watch them 'live' on our monitoring software.
I noticed in the manual that if you mouseover a URL in a report, the 'advanced interpreter' will show you some more information about the page. In their example, the YouTube video title, a thubnail etc. What would I see if I mouseovered a hotmail URL? Would I be able to see email addresses, email content etc? Cyberbullying is becimg one of SMT's biggest concerns and being able to trackit this way would be perfect.
Sorry for being such a newb, but would appreciated any responses.