Which is a pity really because I use Flickr to host images for the school website, since the council provided website we use doesn't cope well with images.
Yep, this morning I was attempting to show a teacher examples of our pupil's work. And up comes the big access denied black and red screen. On Flickr.
So I phoned up our service provider and they told me it had been flagged up for adult content. What adult content?
Obviously I checked it when I got home. Now I don't know that much about Flickr. I always mean to get around to it, but never find the time. But I'm pretty bloody sure it's got a good policy on this sort of thing and it's just not where people put those sorts of pictures. So, purely in the interests of research I've just spent a little time trying to get dodgy photo results from it. And when the worst I can get is a couple of bikini shots, a couple of topless MySpace self portrait type of things it really isn't the sort of thing we need to crack down on is it?
But, after consultation with Mr Ashton (He's a proper businessman now, so it's Mr Ashton to us folks!) it seems this is merely an automatic content filter thingy.
Of course, the big problem with all this is that things like photo sharing, blogging, social networks and online communication, all of the things most likely to be banned at a school are specifically mentioned in the new ICT frameworks as one aspect that we should be looking at.
HOW? You've banned them all.
One answer, in a typical, completely the wrong way round has already happened with blogging. They block the legitimate apllications like Wordpress and Blogger and then spend time creating their own version. I'm going on a course later this month to learn how to bloody blog because of this. Silly.