This makes me sad,
How can we extricate ourselves from this battle with the kids? There are
more of them, and they have far more time than I do.
When a student chooses to visit a site that the school has said is
inappropriate, is it a technology problem? I don't think so.
It is primarily a supervision issue. How do we get the adults who are
being paid to guide the students' experience in our school to not allow
unsupervised access? Do we give up and say it isn't their responsibility
and create the illusion that we have a technological solution that makes
surfing the net in an empty room safe for the student? Or do we embark on
the difficult task of changing our organization, one person at a time, so
there is an awareness of these wonderful machines, what good they can do
and what mischief the kids can get involved in.
I know that nothing is perfect, and no matter how well intended the staff
is the kids will find a way to test the boundaries. Then isn't it up to
us to educate the student? Isn't this really the time for the On Line
safety/ethics lesson? Isn't our goal to have the students leaving our
schools responsible citizens of this digital age? The same ethics that
say it isn't OK to steal (even if you won't get caught) say that it isn't
OK to go around the school's Internet policy.
The only legitimate purpose for the filters is to keep the students from
accidentally stumbling over inappropriate material. Once they have the
will and the opportunity to purposely break our rules the technology will
not prevent them. We have to find another way to deal with this issue,
which is a human, learning, growth issue, not a technology issue.
(Ducking an Running)
> Has anyone yet encountered an SSL proxy app called, Ultrasurf? Found some
> students using it yesterday to bypass our filter and it's quite clever.
> It creates an SSL tunnel on alternating ports to a variety of proxy
> addresses. Our Barracuda web filter won't block it because it doesn't see
> the encrypted traffic. It looks like I'll probably need to block it at
> the workstation level using Zenworks/Grouppolicy..... Also found this
> little windows service someone wrote that seems to stop it:
> Jeez... If the tools are out there to get around the Great Firewall of
> China, they'll probably have a good shot getting through our filters.
> Anyone dealt with Ultrasurf yet?
> Eric I Snay
> Technology Coordinator
> Fair Haven Union High School
> Fair Haven VT 05743
> t: 802.265.4966 f: 802.265.3602