Banned Websites At CPS

A friend of mine at the central office recently showed me what happens if he tries to go onto a banned site like MySpace -- the site is blocked and an embarassingly loud alarm goes off (from his computer terminal, it sounded like).

Is it that way for everyone, including folks in the area offices and the schools, or are there different rules for computer use at schools? 

Are the "rules" the same for the kids in the computer lab as they are for the teachers in the lounge or working on the computers in the classroom? 

What sites are banned, and does anyone know if site visits are monitored like everyone seems to think?  That is, can someone at CPS tell that you're reading this site right now if they wanted to?

Any and all information, anecdotes, or -- hey, what the hell -- wild speculation is welcome.

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