A US school thought it was pretty clever by installing the Department of Education’s net filters to prevent kids looking at sites that their mums would object to.
The only problem was that Judge Charles J. Vallone School, in Astoria, had forgotten that internet filters are not that difficult to bipass, particularly if the DoE forgets to update them.
What seems to have happened is a group of eight-year-olds had a go at finding what the out-of-date filter did not cover. It was not that difficult. Typing in the words “hot girls” and doing a picture search on Google was all it took to render the DoE’s filtering service useless.
The school is named after a local hero, and his grandson Peter Vallone is unimpressed.
He said a Department of Education filter shouldn’t fail a test of “Are you smarter than an eight-year old?”
The school says that the Department of Education has now installed better computer filters citywide. However, the New York Daily News has found that even the new filters will be eventually bypassed.
James Cox pointed out that with billions of Web pages in the world and shedloads of smart kids there’s probably no system that would be secure.
As we have pointed out before, for millions of years there has been nothing that has stopped determined kids who want to snigger at boobies.
Which makes attempts in Australia to filter the entire internet to make it kid friendly mainly a waste of time.