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Manager trying to access inappropriate sites - teen forums / porn

By kcross ·
Hi guys,

Bit of a tricky situation here. One of our (ageing) managers is trying to access teen sites such as rate my body etc, he appears to have an acount set up on several teen forums (we reports from the websweeper when access is denied). The IT policy clearly states that internet access and email may be monitored so I am happy that the company is within their rights to discipline him. I have spoken to the HR Director who has asked me to monitor it for a while longer. BUT before we confront him is there anything else that we should consider?

Thanks

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Guilt is immediately labeled by the press

by Too Old For IT In reply to Calling the Police too so ...

You can skip right over the cops, guilt is already decided by accusation alone, and by the press alone.

This is because, for this era and generation, anyone over the age of 18 even casually looking at a fully-clothed teen is a perv, and perv = the new communist. (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism)

just my humble opinion ...

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Teen or underage

by Edward35 In reply to Calling the Police too so ...

whats all this talk about police if you go to a "TEEN" Porn site most of the woman are 18 - 50 is this the sort of site he is going too or are we talking little kiddies ?

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How can you tell...

by noyoki In reply to Teen or underage

If the models used were actually underage? I'm 25 and look ~15....

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I agree

by michael.adel In reply to Learn to read
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using the word "Idiot" in this forum doesn't make you a genius!

by UncleRob In reply to idiots reply

You should be careful when calling someone names, especially in a discussion forum like this. If someone takes enough offense to it they could contact a TR moderator and you might have your account suspended or worse.

Plus making statements like the one you made doesn't make you sound any more intelligent. Think before you speak is something that applies to everyone.

As for getting back to the main discussion, IT should be monitoring it and working with HR on this one. Since the issue has already been brought up with HR and they've asked IT to continue monitoring it, that's all that really needs to be done. In the end, HR will work with upper mgmt to consider what needs to be done including contacting the authorities if necessary but since we really don't know the extent & content of the sites that this mgr is frequenting, it's a little harsh and a bit of an over reaction to say call the police. In the end, that will be HR/Mgmt's call to make, not the IT Dept's.

Let's control the tempers in this forum though, no one needs to read your hate posts.

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Wow hold on a sec, discipline means...

by sully In reply to Report him to the police

Talk to the man, give him the policy and have him read it in front of you, explain that the sites are examples of this and have him sign the policy with the notations that he has been provided with examples and understands how to use the internet for its intended corporate use. Keep your word. If you say you will follow up in 24 hours with some kind of action, do it and don't let him down. If he proves himself incapable of keeping his word write up the action plan that will lead to his dismissal based on that. Document and communicate to ensure responsibility and integrity is handled. More is at stake than corporate appraisal, there is the man in question, his family, his co-workers, etc. Be a stand for the people you monitor and protect them against lax and inappropriate behavior.

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Another Way

by forum In reply to Wow hold on a sec, discip ...

We offer a service that prevents the problem of employees viewing porn. Works like a proxy server. Doesn't require maintainance. Cheaper to deploy.
http://www.safefromsites.com

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I agree

by Uglycelt In reply to Report him to the police
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For every action...

by Ed Woychowsky In reply to Manager trying to access ...

If applicable, I would report him to the police and upper management and start looking for another job. My reasons for this go back to an old rule at Bell Labs that goes something like this:

1. If your manager is an alcoholic and you report him/her your career with the company is over because you weren?t loyal to your manager.
2. If your manager is an alcoholic and you don?t report him/her, when the company finds out, your career with the company is over because you weren?t loyal to the company.

If, however, you choose to say nothing you?re an accessory after the fact. Anyway that you look at it finding a new position might be in order.

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Thanks for the replies...

by kcross In reply to For every action...

It is OK I won't need to find another job.....yet.

Seriously though, what precautions should we take to make sure that this doesn't backfire on the company? Is there anything I should do to reinforece our position? We have a web filter, a fair usage policy and I have kept the email reports.

I must also stress that I suspect that he is behaving in this manner and that it hasn't been proven.

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