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Kids outsmart Web filters

By Stefanie Olsen
Staff Writer, CNET
Published: April 19, 2006 4:00 AM PST
Last November, Ryan, a high-school sophomore, figured out a way to outsmart
the Web filters on a school PC in order to visit the off-limits
while doing "homework" in the computer lab.
A teacher eventually spotted the social network on the screen in front of
"Ryan," a fictitious name for a real student attending school in Phoenix,
Ore., a small town with a population of about 5,000. The teacher flagged the
activity for the school's technology expert, who then followed Ryan's tracks
online through the school network.
Ryan had apparently set up a so-called Web proxy from his home computer so
that when he was at school, he could direct requests for banned sites like
MySpace through a Web address at home, thereby tricking the school's filter.
(Web, or CGI, proxies can be Web sites or applications that allow users to
access other sites through them.)
Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use

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