One of the things that crops up most frequently in schools is whether teachers can access Youtube in schools. All too often, a teacher will find a useful clip and refer to it in planning, only to come into school and find that Youtube is blocked.
But it doesn’t have to be like that! Yes, Youtube is blocked in a normal browser window via filtering software as an e-safety measure for children in schools. However, you can override the filtering by logging into your OpenHIVE account, thus elevating your privileges.
Under the old embc filtering, if you tried to access Youtube, you were just blocked. With OpenHIVE, you are redirected to a login page where you can enter your OpenHIVE username and password. Don’t know what these are? Either the headteacher or the school admin clerk (or the school ICT Technician if you’re lucky!) will be able to sort this out.
Bear in mind also that pages with embedded Youtube videos will also have problems unless you’ve logged into OpenHIVE. Often, there will be a blank space where the video should be, or else a window prompting you to login to your OpenHIVE account.
This also works for other sites which are blocked under the standard web filtering. But anything unsuitable is still blocked (e.g. gambling, terrorism, Sparklebox etc)
And finally (and I’m a bit of a stickler on this!) if you know the website address, there’s no need to open Google and search for Youtube. Just type in “www.youtube.com” into the address bar and off you go. Or create a favourite (in Internet Explorer) or a Bookmark (in Google Chrome).