I have been asked by my kids' primary school to sign a "user agreement and parental permission form for internet access". Basically by signing the form i'm agreeing that I will not hold the school responsible for any inappropriate material that my child may obtain. I would like to know if other parents at other schools have been asked to sign similar forms. Is this normal practice?
Yes we've signed them, at primary and secodary. What IndigoBell said is true. DS2 says the security is set so high they can't get into stuff they need. There is usually a teccy kid who can get around it though .
I teach ICT in secondary school and we are often playing 'catch-up' with inappropriate sites as they have very innocent names but can contain very inappropriate material!
However, the majority of these sites are not found by accident but through word of mouth and as such the home school agreement covers the school in terms of they can not police the internet 24 hours a day of new sites being created that are not appropriate.
All internet sites are filtered (too much in my opinion, but that's another thread ), but there are occasions when something slips through due to the words that are used on the site being 'innocent'