[K12OSN] Stopping web messenger

Mike Ely mely at rogueriver.k12.or.us
Sun May 14 05:47:24 UTC 2006

I've found that communicating the problem to teaching staff helps 
considerably.  Knowing that the students shouldn't be doing helps them 
considerably when supervising.

I'm of the firm position at this point that there's no technological 
solution to this problem that's going to be very effective.  I figure if 
entire nations spend billions of dollars to filter Internet traffic and 
fail, we don't stand a chance.  The problem is really a social one and 
is better addressed as such.


Todd O'Bryan wrote:
> Some of my students have figured out how to set up their own web  
> proxies on their home machines. Not very hard if your ISP gives you a  
> static IP address. My guess is that these would be almost impossible  to 
> stop completely, but it sure would be nice to know what strategies  
> people use for these kinds of problems.
> Todd
> On May 13, 2006, at 11:08 PM, Alan A Hodson wrote:
>> I overheard a lively discussion about trying to block all the proxy  
>> sites that network gurus are having to deal with... I am sure glad  
>> it's not my job... I am not sure if IPCop and/or Dansguardian are  
>> providing the right corks for this overflowing dam...
>> Good luck
>> ALan
>> -=o=-
>>> I've got an IPCop box that all of my students pass through to get  to 
>>> internet and have been using the Dansgardian plugin for years.   My 
>>> Principal came to me a few days ago and asked why I've openned  up 
>>> msn web messenger to the students.  This had been blocked for  some 
>>> time by using the editable phrase, url, and site lists.  Now,  
>>> several problematic students have figured out how to get msn web  
>>> messenger running on their clients again...  I've looked at their  
>>> history files and just can't figure out how to stop web messenger  
>>> and what url they are using to get it going.
>>> Does anyone here know how to stop webmessenger?
>>> Thanks,  Jim
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