How to Access a Proxy From School
By Christine Kim
There's good reason why elementary, junior high and high school administrators request that Internet restrictions be placed on school computers. This ensures that students do not access inappropriate -- even unsafe -- websites. For in-school labs that use computers, these restrictions also help to keep students from becoming distracted by social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter. However, restrictions can also limit students from accessing useful websites. There are several proxy sites that allow students to bypass these restrictions and access the websites they need.
Open your Internet browser. Visit the Tech-FAQ Web page (see Resources), which gives you a list of reliable proxy sites that can be accessed at educational institutions.
Decide which proxy site best fits your needs. The proxy sites listed on Tech-Faq will give you details for each proxy site, including its speed and country. You also know how frequently the proxy is used by checking out the number of hits the website receives.
Click the proxy's link. You should be redirected to the proxy site and be able to access a range of websites. Most proxy sites will have a text field for you to enter a website address. Click "Go" or "Submit" to be taken to the site using the proxy.
- There are also plenty of other online resources you can use to look up reliable proxy websites. This includes Best Proxy Sites and Proxy 4 Free (see Resources). Each of these websites require similar log-in processes as Tech-FAQ.
- Check with your teacher to make sure that he knows that you will be using a proxy server. Unless you receive permission and have a valid reason for checking a restricted website, you should not violate your school's Internet browsing restrictions. If you go to the proxy site without permission, you may get into trouble or even be suspended.
Christine Kim has been a writer and editor since 2002, working with Columbia University, Harvard Business School and University of Alabama Press. She holds a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.