Sparklebox. - A site offering a vast array of free educational aids aimed at KS1 and KS2, widely used by teachers and parents.
I have a bulging folder of their stuff on my hard drive. I've used it with my son in HEd and I've use it at work with kids classes.
But I am just about to delete the whole damn thing.
The BBC reported that the site owner and creator is in prison on charges of pedophilia. For the second time.
I know my reaction of binning everything looks irrational and illogical. Thus far there is no evidence that the materials were part of a strategy to access children for nefarious purposes *** nor is there anything to suggest that the content of the materials is suspect.****See NB Sparklebox toolbar at the end of the post.
But every time I open that folder I will have to confront a constant association with circumstances that bring out a strong emotional response of feeling sick and a big, hard, spiky lump of sorrow, for the victims of this man, in my chest.
I just can't put any of these materials in front of my son or my little students without feeling them indelibly tainted by the crimes of the man who created them and feeling a need to keep his ilk away from small people in my care, even when the presence is very much in the abstract.
Other people can and should do as they wish with their downloads without pressure or censure, but as somebody who just isn't very good at compartmentalizing things and letting their head rule their heart...I have to use the trashcan.
And resist the urge to spray my hard drive with bleach.
*** edited to add, on other sites it is being said that the site included chatrooms and forums, which I had never noticed, so it is possible that there was an underlying agenda of access to children in the set up if not the materials themselves.
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