AUP that might be of interest
This is what our Students & Staff have to abide to - IM is covered under this section; Intentionally interfere with the normal operation of the
Internet connection, including the propagation of
computer viruses and sustained high volume network
traffic (sending or receiving of large files or sending and
receiving of large numbers of small files or any activity
that causes network congestion) that substantially
hinders others in their use of the Internet
We block sites that are not suitable for student viewing etc - but generally have quite an open access to the WWW. We do not block just because its fun! Last thing to be blocked was a site which had unsuitable images. Instead of blocking sites which takes time we prefer to educate our students into responsible surfing.
I am sorry Hannah but we all have a job to do and mine is to provide a duty of care to the students who access the network. The DfES have got a new agenda called "Every Child Matters" this is just a small part of what we have to do to meet the targets and objectives of ECM. Ask your teachers about it.
Have you tried IM on your Mobile phone? I know our students use that OUTSIDE of the classroom!!!!
To prove I am not anti student I have offered Millermob with coursework advice in the past!!!!