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12-05-2008, 12:06 PM
Pupils can beat safe net filters

By Ben Geoghegan
BBC News

Pupils are using special websites to hack out of their school computer network while in the classroom. They then access social networking sites and even hardcore pornography.

On one school's computer it was enough to type the word "naughty" into the internet browser and hit return. Another click on the images tab and there appeared a whole page of pornographic thumbnails.

Most parents would agree that sort of thing should not happen. So what does it say about internet safety in the classroom?

Avoidance sites

More than 85% of pupils now have access to the internet at school; on average, in secondaries, there is one computer for every 3.6 children.

They are integral to modern education but they also provide opportunities for "cyber slacking" or worse.

Some children know how to get around their school's system. Computers installed in schools usually come with an internet filter which is supposed to select out the dodgy stuff leaving children free to surf safely on the web.

The fact is though that some internet filters are better than others and they can be by-passed.

I met children who said they could easily hack out of their school network using so-called proxy avoidance sites. Once outside they surf where they like.

One recent piece of research by the software company Zentek produced some alarming figures.

They are generally good but they bump into things on the web, just as they do in everyday life

They monitored internet use in around 70 schools and found that in some, pupils were accessing up to 4,000 "unauthorised" pages a day.

I'm shocked! Shocked to find that small children can use Anonymouse! What next? The horror!

Seriously, the BBC should not let these "reporters" roam around on their own. They might find out that fat people eat too much or that poor money management skills lead to poverty.

BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/7763268.stm)

12-05-2008, 03:01 PM

Hopefully this is just news to the reporter, not the schools. But it is England...

12-05-2008, 03:38 PM
This is why good filtering software also blocks proxy sites.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the network admin is an idiot.

12-05-2008, 03:44 PM
This is why good filtering software also blocks proxy sites.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the network admin is an idiot.

There are 50 bazillion free proxies out there. Even if the sys admin blocks the most popular sites, some smarter kid will find a hole and sell the info to her close personal friends. If they can't actually keep drugs out of the schools, they aren't going to have much luck with electrons. :D