A free webinar is being offered next week that involves some great panelists– the topic is “Online Safety: Combating Proxy Servers.” The date/time and description info is:

Event Date: 08/24/2006 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Web proxies have opened Pandora’s box. Tech-savvy students are using proxy servers to circumvent security filters and play video games, chat with friends and visit MySpace. How are they doing this? And what can schools do to solve this growing problem? Learn how to block web proxies and ensure the online safety of your students in this free, one hour event sponsored by DeepNines. Panelists for this event include: Geoff Fletcher, Editor at Large THE Journal; Ron Smith, Highland Park ISD; and Jerry Karels, DeepNines Technologies.

I’m going to try and tune into this, and will blog my thoughts and responses afterwards. I agree that many issues are presented by students engaging in DSN (digital social networking)– but I think we need to do much more than just shut down student access to proxy server methods of circumventing CIPA mandated filtering on US school networks. It will be interesting and likely valuable to hear what Geoff, Ron, and Jerry have to say on these issues.

Registration for this event is free. Thanks to Vicki Allen for this info!

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2 Responses to Online Safety Webinar

  1. JimMc says:

    Yikes, so the web itself is Pandora’s box? That’s a nice way to frame things.

    Anyhow, you’re right that there is much more to focus on. Proxy servers are merely today’s method. Tomorrow there will be another. How many hands do we have to plug a leaky wall?

  2. Wesley Fryer says:

    Sadly I think many are so focused on plugging leaks that they can’t see the tremendous tide which is coming in. The metaphor of plugging leaks is a good one.

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