filtered internet is not like filtered water
Nobody objects to filtered water. It's cool, it's clean, it's got no dirty little microbes floating around in it. Filtered internet is clean, and has very few dirty little microbes (hey, no filter is 100%) but that's about where the similarities stop.
Last night I was thinking, spurned on by the shenanigans of the herd of boys staring at something fascinating and always minimized on Google Images. I couldn't quite get a look at it (nor was I sure I wanted to) but I'm fairly sure it was something, er, they weren't supposed to be looking at. That is, it wasn't pictures of shoes or Nelly, their other favorite viewing materials.
So here's my question, LISNewsterz, any one know if SurfControl blocks based on text found in img tags and in links? Such as will a Google Images page that has the links "www.nastyporn.com" and the image "porn.jpg" get blocked? I am being a bad, lazy librarian and not doing a search before asking you... I honestly just haven't had the time or inclination with the Horizon problems to look on about how SurfControl physically works. Their site is a glossy marketing brochure anyway. Time to break out Google (since I have no access to any of the software myself, sigh).
I am going to test my theory that it doesn't block Google Images on Tuesday (Patriot's Day, long weekend for me!)
Of course, I don't want to block all of Google Images, because it's a great search tool. So I guess I'll have to block searches that should consistently come up with some nasty results.
Of course, you're a real stinkin' loser if you're looking up porn on Google Images. Holy crud. Buy a stinkin' magazine.
I hate limiting like this, but there are too many little kids coming through reference that can see this crap. Our library has no real walls separating YA, for instance, from the rest of the library. Makes for some noise and some insecurity. I don't think a fifteen year old would go running home to mama saying he/she saw porn on a library computer, but I don't exactly want that same kid thinking because he/she saw it it's an acceptable practice, you know?
I am taking the Win98 machines, too. They crash too often, and we've had an increased demand for word processing, which the better of the two 98 machines will become. The other is going to be retired (it's got a serial mouse).