[K12OSN] dansguardian filter

Mister B mrbal4 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 06:27:02 UTC 2007

I used Dansguardian for many years in a K-12 school, and have since moved on
to Censornet ( http://opensource.censornet.com/ ) -a DansGuardian and other
open source software-based filtering distribution (based on Debian) that is
doing a good job for us now.  We didn't buy the blacklist support, but with
some monitoring and tweaking, it is working well.  Recording and reporting
abilities are robust, and I am generally happy with its performance on a
~1.8 ghz P4 with 1gb RAM.

On 9/8/07, willhatch at fayhoneyknoppschool.org <
willhatch at fayhoneyknoppschool.org> wrote:
> Kari,
> I was a special educator at a residential school for boys - sex offenders,
> for 4 years.  When I first arrived, their idea of safety with the internet
> was to unplug the ethernet cable from the modem.  After many hours of
> teaching myself about linux, I ended up with ipcop, dansguardian, and
> k12ltsp.  It worked well, but being a linux novice I found it difficult to
> tweak the settings of Dansguardian.  Then I discovered Clarkconnect
> community edition.  It has a nice interface with pull-down menus to adjust
> the settings.  With the settings on high, for text and images, its pretty
> darn secure.  With my students I had to make sure it was, and I never had
> any trouble.  Yes, it sometimes filters too much.  Better too much than not
> enough. -Will
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: [K12OSN] dansguardian filter
> From: "Kari Matthews" <karisue at gmail.com>
> Date: Fri, September 07, 2007 8:09 am
> To: "Support list for open source software in schools."
> <k12osn at redhat.com>
> I have a new principal who is, for lack of a more descriptive word,
> paranoid.   After last week's video.google.com scare last week, he had me
> switch our filter to whitelist only.  So I have a little list of websites
> that are allowed; all else is blocked.
> The teachers and students are not happy.  This is a K-8 school, and the
> 5th-8th graders feel they are being punished.  I tend to agree.  And when
> research paper time comes (October), what will happen then?
> I promised to look into how other schools handle filtering.  I am scared
> of filtering by keyword -- what if I don't think of all of them?  Are
> available prepared lists thorough and reliable?
> I have two needs:
> 1.  I need to be able to report how other schools use Dansguardian or
> similar filtering tools.
> 2.  I need to educate the principal on this! topic.  Can you think of any
> info I can throw his way to persuade him to let up the screws a little bit?
> Thanks for helping,
> Kari
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