alessandra (blue_phoria) wrote,

  • Mood:
After three and a half blissful years of surfing Gaia Online via school computers, the website has now been blocked by PPS in accordance with Board Policy 8.60.040-P. Which, in my opinion, is ridiculous.

Unacceptable Uses of the Computer Network or Internet
• Violating any state or federal law or municipal ordinance, such as: Accessing or transmitting pornography of any kind, obscene depictions, harmful materials, materials that encourage others to violate the law, confidential information or copyrighted materials.
• Selling or purchasing illegal items or substances.
• Obtaining and/or using anonymous email sites; spamming; spreading viruses.
• Causing harm to others or damage to their property, such as:
1. Using profane, abusive, or impolite, suggestive, inappropriate, unprofessional language; threatening, harassing, or making damaging or false statements about others or accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;
2. Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users' names, emails, files, or data; disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous email;
3. Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network in any way, including intentionally accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or disrupting any computer system performance;
PPS Information Technology Page 1 1/18/2007
4. Using any District computer to pursue “hacking,” internal or external to the District, or attempting to access information protected by privacy laws; or
5. Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including "chain letters" or any type of "pyramid schemes".
• Engaging in uses that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into others’ accounts or other computer networks, such as:
1. Using another’s account password(s) or identifier(s);
2. Interfering with other users' ability to access their account(s); or
3. Disclosing anyone’s password to another or allowing a person to use another user's account(s).
4. Providing account information to others allowing or allowing student access to sensitive data
• Using the network or Internet for commercial purposes:
1. Using the Internet or the network for personal financial gain;
2. Using the Internet or the network for personal advertising, promotion, or financial gain; or
3. Using the network to conduct for-profit business activities and/or engage in non-government related fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes, lobbying for personal political purposes.

Surfing Gaia does none of these things.

Except possibly use of improper or "unprofessional" language, which is a whole different matter completely.

Oh well. The period is almost over, anyway.

If you guys know any proxy servers that haven't been blocked by evil conniving school peeplz, let me know. I tried at least fifty just this period, and none of them work.

Bah! Not that passionate about this, but it is annoying. It means I will have to spend my TA periods distracting the kids in class. How's that taste, school board? Bitter?
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