I try to block all webmail and IM web clients but there are so many of
these services out there it is impossible to block them all. I once saw
a student chatting on a forum for the discussion of English papers.
Winooski School District
60 Normand Street
Winooski, VT 05404
On Mar 9, 2004, at 11:18 AM, Paul Irish wrote:
> To All School-it readers:
> Adam asked that this be posted. I agree with his interpretation --
> although the law does not mandate blocking of IM, I can't see how a
> serious policy can address the safety and security issues without it.
> At FETC, Alan November mentioned three middle school girls who
> (2 succeeded) suicide as a result of IM messages against them. I
> hesitate to mention this as I don't have a direct citation, and he did
> not provide more details.
> From Adam:
> I have been asked to post local 'policy' on Instant Messaging (IM)
> services here at South Burlington School District. I am not an active
> subscriber to the 'school-it' Listserv at UVM and if subscription is
> mandated to post could someone please toss this in ?
> Just to clarify, it is our interpretation that NCLB does not mandate
> that IM services are blocked. CIPA does though - and here's the
> and the rational behind SB's decision at this time:
> <<<INS Message from Marian Kenseth:
> Good question. The law states that the Internet Safety Policy must
> address, "the safety and security of minors when using electronic
> mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic
> communications." Furthermore "the policy must include monitoring
> the online activities of minors."
> If one could prove that the safety and security of the minors are
> protected while using instant messaging and that one could monitor
> that activity to insure the safety and security, you would not need to
> restrict access.
> L. Paul Irish
> Director of Information Technology
> Burlington School District
> 150 Colchester Ave.
> Burlington, VT, 05401
> Voice: 802-864-8465
> Fax: 802-864-8501
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>>>> End Message
> "the policy must include monitoring the online activities of minors"
> being the key issue here. To date, there is no effective way to monitor
> IM traffic - which CIPA requires us to do - by the letter that is. This
> policy at SB can be revisited, but for now, the powers that be and
> counsel decided that this translation of CIPA guidelines means no IM at
> Interpretation is 9/10 of the law. Or was that possession ? ;) Seems
> more like interpretation these days.
> Just to clarify, we techies, at SB anyway, like IM services ! IM
> services can be a very powerful educational tool and can be very
> professionally. Like most things, it's all in the usage. Some of my
> educational time spent has been when I've been labeled as 'wasting
> time.' Being CIPA compliant is of some importance as well - especially
> if you are the administrator signing off that you/your district is CIPA
> compliant. Got to stand somewhere - that's the corner that SBSD is on
> this time.
> Adam Provost
> DNS Coordinator, SBSD