[K12OSN] Google apps

Paul Nelson pnelson.k12 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 23:42:35 UTC 2007

This has nothing to do with free email. Anyone anywhere can link to
http://video.google.com/ and click on the top 100 and see stuff you
would not want young children to see.

If you block video.google.com then you won't have the problem.
Teachers can use http://teachertube.com/ for kid-safe videos.

Hosting your own email is GREAT and is often a preferred solution but
don't blame this on Gmail. One GOOD thing you can do with gmail is
create a domain for your school (oregonk12.org) and then allow access
to Google apps hosted on your domain. When filtering, you can then
deny access to all other google doc URLs but allow access to your own
by grey listing or white listing anything with your domain in the URL
(oregonk12.org/*). This way your students learn how to use Google Docs
and you have admin controls over the accounts and documents without
shutting them off from these great web 2.0 tools.

;-) Paul

On 9/4/07, Doug Simpson <simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us> wrote:
> This one of the very reasons we host all our own email and don't allow "free" email sites from our school. Then there are little chances for this kind of stuff to happen. . .
> Doug
> Doug Simpson
> Technology Specialist
> De Queen Public Schools
> De Queen, AR
> simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
> >>> Tim Born <k12osn at deltacfax.com> 8/30/2007 6:20 PM >>>
> Kari Matthews wrote:
> > GRRRR... I use google apps for our school email.  I linked to the
> > google apps page from our website.  I got a call today from the pastor
> > (it's a Catholic school) saying there is porn on my website, and
> > please remove it immediately.  Turns out, someone clicked on google
> > apps and then on video.  There, in the top 10 list, are a bunch of
> > porn sites.  The principal said pretty gruffly, "We cannot have this
> > on our site!"  It was not on *my* site, of course, but no matter -- in
> > his head, that is St. Mary's site, and it needed to be removed.
> >
> > Ugh ... I wonder if I emailed google if they would take any action so
> > that places of business (esp schools) could still link to google apps
> > w/o having that link.  I doubt it, but still.
> >
> > The problem is not student access in the building, but student /
> > parent access from home.  They do not want there to be any links to
> > such material from my homepage.
> >
> > Any thoughts?
> > ~kari
> >
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> Kari -
> If you prefix your outbound URLs with
> "http://val.deltacfax.com/smallminds.php?"
> e.g. <a
> href="http://val.deltacfax.com/smallminds.php?http://www.google.com/apps/"Google
> Apps</a>
> you can force them to see a reminder when they leave your site.
> Ugly, admitedly.  Small minds sometimes need these things.
> It's programatic, so you can script the fix across all your pages or use
> Apache mod_rewrite.
> If you have a web server that dishes PHP by all means take this source
> and customize to your hearts content.
> This was actually kind of fun.
> Have a nice holiday folks.
> -tim
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