School ICT Policies Thread, YouTube strategy? in School Administration; Youtube is an amazing resource so it's a shame to have it blocked. We have trailed allowing it for whole ...
29th November 2011, 11:39 AM #1
Youtube is an amazing resource so it's a shame to have it blocked. We have trailed allowing it for whole school and generally it works well, but with certain children all it takes is 1 inappropriate video to open up a world of clips they shouldn't be watching, in particular children with behaviour issues who get excited over violence, accidents, blood, and all the rest of it, which is easily accessible on youtube.
Is there a way we can filter content, a child/school friendly version? how effective is it?
Do you enable youtube or is it blocked completely?
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29th November 2011, 11:46 AM #2
At present we block access to YouTube for pupils and allow it only for teachers, but we are a primary setting so have to be more cautious. In my last school (a secondary) we allowed it and managed it with teacher supervision - which I know can be a problem in some schools.
We have recently deployed a Smoothwall filter, and this now allows the built-in Safety Mode of Youtube to be forced always-on (which is quite effective), and can strip out the comments sections. We are currently evaluating this internally to see if, combined with supervision, these measures will allow us to lift our blanket ban.
29th November 2011, 11:54 AM #3
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We allow it for teachers, and our C&M Diploma students, but block it for everyone else. Safety mode is also enforced.
29th November 2011, 11:55 AM #4
bloxx make a media filter for youtube.
I have no idea on cost or how it works in practice - but if it works as well as the web filter then it will be pretty good..
29th November 2011, 11:56 AM #5
How do you automatically enforce Safety Mode for all computers?
29th November 2011, 12:05 PM #6
We have just allowed access for pupils, and so far it seems to be ok with the combination of staff supervision and enforcing Safety Mode through our ISA/TMG proxy.
29th November 2011, 12:19 PM #7
Using Smoothwall here, we have it open for teachers (with comments disabled) and have a custom list set up so that individual videos can be allowed on request. Works well for us.
Opening it up to all users was a disaster in the past, even in our setting - selective all girls grammar (11-18). Not just in terms of timewasting, either, but in terms of "students showing the Human Centipede trailer to each other and giving other girls nightmares and leading to parents complaining". And yes, teachers should supervise better etc. etc. but this isn't a perfect world and we do what we can.
29th November 2011, 12:27 PM #8
is opening up Youtube to students/staff a strategy?
29th November 2011, 12:43 PM #9
We were looking at this at last school. Basically videos are submitted for suitability to a member of staff. If the material is suitable it is then made available. I beleive it is poss to make available to age groups by security groups if need.
Originally Posted by carvjo
29th November 2011, 12:46 PM #10
I would love to know how with SW (we have SG) you can enforce safety mode and block comments. Anyone?
29th November 2011, 12:49 PM #11
I think it may be a Smoothwall Guardian 3 feature. Have you been upgraded yet?
29th November 2011, 01:01 PM #12
Originally Posted by AngryTechnician
29th November 2011, 01:38 PM #13
All my primary schools block youtube. We had a teacher type in roman jugs and it came back with the other type of jugs on the smatboard. Later a pupil told his mum, she called the police and the teacher was removed from school and his computers were taken off site and examined.
My advice is be very very careful.
I get the staff to download the clips they need from home.
29th November 2011, 01:45 PM #14
not being funny but they should not be so quite careless - if somebody has common sense they wouldn't do that
Originally Posted by edutech4schools
29th November 2011, 01:47 PM #15
Bit over the top if you ask me. Why the teacher wasn't checking the links prior to showing them to students is beyond me.
Originally Posted by edutech4schools
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