Computers and laptops are often used in schools. Eventually each child will likely have one at their desk and perform most of their work on it. Benefits of this include the opportunity for equal access to the same education for all children, more mobility and increased awareness beyond their home and school, ability to promote individual creativity and collaboration between students and with the teachers. In the future, there may be student-driven learning where students themselves individualize education instructs and teachers are there to guide the process. Computer-aided learning prepares the children for the future. We are in a global economy. We need to be able to access and use information in an electronic way to be successful.
The school proxy server is designed to keep the students minds and concentration on their assigned projects. Access to the Internet is routed from the sending computer to another computer, which is the server to the Internet site. This server, also known as a proxy, then accepts the order and opens a portal to the web site desired or refuses to allow passage. School administrators set the guidelines for the uses of these computers and laptops at school.
School computers are tightly monitored. Before gaining access, students are educated on allowable and non-allowable uses. If the students violate these rules, they could face suspension, loses of computer privileges or any other punishment administration had stipulated. The education opportunities afforded by these modern marvels also created hazards which young people need to be sheltered from.
This server can be programmed to use a filter system that eliminates any sites that contain certain words or phrases. This server can also refuse access to a blocked web site address, many web site addresses or any web site address. The server is a filter that allows only the access to go through it that it is programmed to. When a website address is typed in, the server checks the information requested against its filtering rules.
The server performs a number of functions. The server increases the speed of logging onto the Interned and access to the requested information by using a cache system. This same server keeps a log of work done and the web sites visited and can audit these when requested. This also scans transmitted content for malware before allowing delivery to the requesting computer and scans outbound content for things like data leak protection. The server automatically performs a number of functions and can be programmed to do much more.
School proxy bypass can be done by reaching another proxy server called a gateway. Typing in the new proxy server’s address does this. Once the new proxy server is reached, the gateway has no restriction, blocks or filters. All the old filters or blocks are removed from the computer search. The old proxy performed its service; the address used was an acceptable address. A user can go anywhere on the Internet without restriction. Schools constantly monitor the on-line addresses and continually update the blocked addresses of these gateways. Likewise, gateways are constantly being created, discovered and used.
Schools routinely attempt to limit access to the Internet and the contents contained on the Internet on the schools computers used by students. There are ways to bypass these filters by using a gateway, students search for and find these links. Students expend a huge amount of energy and intellectual power outsmarting and trying to outsmart the restrictions placed on them and the computer system. This is a constant battle of wits between the school administrators and the students. Maybe this is really just another step in the students’ education on the use of a computer and how to access information and use it to their benefit.