UK schools blocking Sparklebox as owner is a paedo

Schools across Kent began a comprehensive blocking of Sparklebox.co.uk, a popular school resource, in late 2009.

Last week the owner of Sparklebox was revealed to be a former teacher who faked his own death after serving a nine month jail sentence in 2005 for making indecent images of children. Daniel Kinge also changed his name to Samuel Kinge so he could re-offend and work with children again. Kinge later went on to form Sparklebox, a teachers resource website.

Sparklebox was originally blocked in late 2009 by councils. Concerns over the sites security were cited in an email to teachers explaining the block. Originally many teachers were confused and some angered over the block, as it was a site that many relied on for essential classroom resources. Kent County Council issued a statement confirming the block, "we feel it right to block the site centrally until more information is available and review whether this site should be blocked permanently after consulting schools and other sources."

According to the BBC (02:03:35), on Friday January 8, Samuel Kinge, 28, was sentenced to 12 months in prison. 424 indecent images of children were found in Kinge's hard drive shadow files which included the depiction of the sexual abuse of babies. Yahoo Messenger had also been setup on his computer with the profile name of "samuelunder5boys" with the picture of a naked four year old attached. The court heard it was a legitimate business and there was no suggestion child porn was posted on Sparklebox. Kinge will serve at least half his sentence and when he is freed he will be ordered to sign the sex offenders register and an agreement which restricts his access to the internet for the next 15 years.

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Resources used by teachers should be trustworthy. The very fact that this paedophile has any kind of internet presence at all should be cause for concern. Who knows if he had any intention to use this as a way to gain access to children in the near future or longer term.

In my view its not just his responsibility though. Surely a closer eye should of been kept on his activities and whereabouts to prevent him from being able to operate a website that will ultimately benefit minors.

Having heard what the owner of it is, even the name Sparklebox makes me wonder if he was trying to make the name sound 'child friendly'. The guy is a kiddie fiddler, let him rot.

I personally have been aware of this for a while as I work in a school and we blocked the site. This was discussed for ages now on www.edugeek.net
I personally think its wrong to give a convited offender money even though spaklebox had useful resources.

Atlonite said,
so he faked his death huh maybe someone at a secret govt agency can do the world a favor and make it so for real

Now come on, obviously the guy is sick. He needs help not murdering. Where is your humanity? Of course, he needs to be kept away from kids by any reasonable means, but what is this, the middle ages?

I normally don't comment on stories like this, but it comes to show that no one is who they say they are on the internet.

He got what he deserved.

What steps would one need to take to offer to take over the running of SparkleBox?

I contemplated ripping all the resources but the way they are stored would take forever, all the staff in this place are gutted, someone could make money by continuing this.

My fiancee (a teacher) that works in a Kent school, tells me it's a popular resource used by parents and also

teachers.

She is not surprised, Kent education is poorly run and you will probably find this is not an isolated case.

Neowin: Where unprofessional journalism makes you shake your head every once in a while.

You can't have worded the title any better?

Regardless of that, Sparklebox is an awesome name. If it's a useful resource, someone who isn't a sleeze will pick it up and make money off of it.

Oh aint we funny.
You have no idea how useful that site was for primary school resources. Just because it looks like it's done in the 90's or because of something else dont make it scream paedo site.

Xilo said,
What is a paedo? Don't you mean pedo?

People in the UK like to add weird, silent, extra letters to things. Paedo, foetus, colour, etc.

Pedophilia is how US spells it :P.

Paedophile (which my spell checker doesn't like) looks like it might be Paedrophile. I knew a guy named Paedro..I wasn't scared of him though.

Shadrack said,
Pedophilia is how US spells it :P.
I knew a guy named Paedro..I wasn't scared of him though.

You know that brown bear mask made your day.

Xenomorph said,

People in the UK like to add weird, silent, extra letters to things. Paedo, foetus, colour, etc.

I think it comes from spending too much time next door to France.

Xenomorph said,

People in the UK like to add weird, silent, extra letters to things. Paedo, foetus, colour, etc.

Just because people in the US wish to slaughter the ENGLISH language does not mean we all do.

TSO said,
Just because people in the US wish to slaughter the ENGLISH language does not mean we all do.

Pshaw, we just threw it up on blocks and straightened out it's chassis a little. You Brits had that thing all twisted up. Its better now. :)

Dr. Gonzo said,

And? The guy is a pervert and deserves everything that life could dump on him. He shouldn't be allowed to do anything even remotely pertaining to children. He should be mopping floors in a truck stop for all I care.

Whoa now, don't lump all of us perverts into the same mold. My perversion of choice happens to be grown lesbian porn though. If you prick me, do I not bleed? Don't be hating!

Thing is that website was an epic resource for the staff i had to support at the school i used to work at. They would always use it for primary school classes. However kind of sad that it's now blocked. I guess synetrix have it blocked

I think his punishment should be to give his website away to someone at no cost, and have it reopened. Just because someone is punished for something doesn't mean a valuable resource does.

I work for a educational IT business which has been effected by this ban. Like people have said the problem is with this 'owner' and the site itself doesn't seem to have been involved. The only think linking them is that the site did have a 'Upload your pictures' area.

what a bunch of idiots!!! i can't believe some people have actually got their back up over this.

This guy is already a CONVICTED 'PAEDO' ... and u want to give him the benefit of the doubt? as far as i am concerned this guy doesn't deserve anything and is very lucky he had the opportunity to use a computer again anyway. His contact with children should now be minimal. Who knows what he was using the site for... there is a section for people to upload photo's. maybe he was under the hope some photo's of children would go up?

I work in a school, i got the email as i'm the computer technician, SparkleBox was blocked but i unlocked it as it was popular amongst teachers, i got the e-mail 2 days ago and blocked it again immediately.

Tom W said,
Yeah, it's kind of shocking to see people defend a convicted and then re-convicted paedophile.
Yes, because everything in life is just black and white.

he set up, under false identity, a webite he has complete access to, that includes chatrooms, file-sharing, and private messaging.

Sorry, no. He doesn't belong anywhere within reading or seeing distance of children for the rest of his life muchless with such unfettered access.

What, do they think this guy's pedophile-ness is going to rub off on teachers that use his site? It doesn't look like a site kids would be using, so I don't see what the big deal is.

PureLegend said,
Really? The colourful writing and pretty pictures are for the teachers?

The site hosts curriculum resources; it's (on the whole) only ever teachers that visit the site, who download the material for use in the classroom

PureLegend said,
Really? The colourful writing and pretty pictures are for the teachers?

Even the kids can tell it's bad design :P

He's got every right to setup a teachers resource website. There's nothing illegal about that. Yeah, he's a bad man, and should be locked up for a long time. Yeah, he shouldn't have changed his name etc.
However I believe things like this should be judged on their own merit. Blocking it pending more information is censorship. If there were inapporiate images then fine - immediately shut it down, investigate and due process starts.

I swear this country has lost all sight of the core of the legal process. Innocent until proven guilty. We seem happy to ignore this value as soon as "children" or "terrorism" is mentioned in an allegation.

He may have done some horrific things, but the same wouldn't of happened if he was the editor of a trade magazine for teachers or some other media.

Censorship stinks.

stevehoot said,
He's got every right to setup a teachers resource website. There's nothing illegal about that. Yeah, he's a bad man, and should be locked up for a long time. Yeah, he shouldn't have changed his name etc.

I think this a failing of the government. Being labeled as a child sex offender pretty much ruins your life (which is the point) - the obvious solution would be to change your name. The government should either prevent this or update their sex offender registries to take that into account.

just cos hes a paedo dont mean his work cant be useful. Its not like the teachers physically visit him for the resources. This is just plain stupid.

Agreed but should a man convicted for sex offenses been allowed to setup such a resource on the internet and change his name like this?

Tom W said,
Agreed but should a man convicted for sex offenses been allowed to setup such a resource on the internet and change his name like this?

Well I dont think if he kept his name that anyone will offer him a job. He had to do what he had to do.

Soldiers33 said,
Well I dont think if he kept his name that anyone will offer him a job. He had to do what he had to do.

And? The guy is a pervert and deserves everything that life could dump on him. He shouldn't be allowed to do anything even remotely pertaining to children. He should be mopping floors in a truck stop for all I care.

Dr. Gonzo said,
And? The guy is a pervert and deserves everything that life could dump on him. He shouldn't be allowed to do anything even remotely pertaining to children. He should be mopping floors in a truck stop for all I care.

Since when are you guys brainwashed to think that killing children is better than having pictures of children? Just asking.

Yes but using his site is only putting money in his pocket, and whats he going to do with that money, fake his own death and change his name again??
Lock him up forever I say!!
I also work with others who agree and out of principle we have taken everything to do with his web site down.

Why would it? The website in question is nothing to do with the kiddie porn charges, other than the owner being the one in jail of course :)

Oh, and when asking a question, you generally use a question mark, not an exclamation mark