We are moving apace in the computer lab as we head into the last 6 weeks of school. All students are learning much more after our adoption of the "Structured Learning" curriculum for computer labs which we purchased around the start of the calendar year.
I want to share a perspective with you. If you have heard from your child that "everything is blocked" in the computer lab, it's because I take very seriously my charge as "in loco parentis" in the computer lab. No, that doesn't mean "crazy parent," it means the adult in the room who is in charge of children.
Students may exercise all sorts of online entertainment options on home computers or other devices, at home or out in the world, which are not permissible in the school setting. I utilize LANSchool in the lab to control what is possible to visit here at school. This is in addition to the ENA blocklist, which limits access to many websites for students of the entire state of Tennessee.
Just so you know, my criteria for blocking websites is fairly straightforward. I block access if...
- There is profanity, including in user comments
- There are inappropriate images of any kind, including
- There are unsettling images, perhaps not any of the above, but ones which could lead to unsafe feelings or confusion in children--this includes inappropriate ads
- The site is known to have been unsafe for security reasons, including a history of hosting malware, spyware, or other "scumware" (e.g. ggkids, Roblox)
- The site is so bandwidth intensive that it threatens the vitality of our internet bandwidth (e.g. Spotify and Pandora)
- The site is one that is a "clickbait" site--e.g. one that seems to offer games but just leads from webpage to webpage, rolling up click totals in order to charge advertisers for views
In addition to ENA's already extensive list, I have continually added to the local Warner computer lab list as our days have gone by this year and I have seen the need. I just added a site today. In the interest of open communication, I think I'll share it with you here:
Feel free to copy and use this list in any security software you may have. It's continually being updated. That's all for now. And visit my Tizmos safe-start page, which I use in the lab for the scores of websites that aren't blocked!!!