Our District has just activated YouTube’s Safety Mode, and it’s just awful. Teachers are up-in-arms because so many videos are blocked. Just today, I found videos that I often used in class like newsreels from the Spanish-American War, clips from movies about the Battle of Waterloo, even Charlie Chaplin’s “Gold Rush” silent film are now blocked.
I put this question out on Twitter today, trying to find out if other district’s have been able to just activate it for student accounts but leave teachers free from the restrictions. Here’s one response I received — any other ideas?
Sorry, I couldn’t read the one response because it was blocked.
I had the same problem with safety mode. I talked to my IT guys (I work in a small district) and told them to turn safety mode off in the GAFE admin settings. I said I’d take the flack if p0rn got through. Guess what. No p0rn! My problem was that with my blended class, EduCanon didn’t work with safety mode on. All my effort in transforming my class blocked my one little action on the part of somebody trying to make youtube safer.