I am presenting a blog post by Saga Briggs “197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About” to try to rid the old urban myth that “The department” is “the boss” of all school filters and access to sites like YouTube.
Each Victorian government school has tools to manage the internet access of teachers and students at their school. Principals have been provided login details which allow schools to make localised decisions about what sites are available in their school.
Schools can allow or deny sites based on audience and schools can make decisions around what those audiences are. Often schools seperate teacher audience from student audience. Schools of course must consider their duty of care to students and ensure that they have assessed the purpose and value of the sites they include. Policies around expected behaviours such as the student engagement policy, must consider those behaviours in an online context.