Internet Filtering And Access Management

Internet Filtering And Access Management at the College

The internet is an important information, communication and collaboration tool for students. It will represent a significant part of their post-school lives.  Consequently, we aim to gradually introduce students to the internet so they can develop the relevant skills and responsibilities.

In 2013, the following internet filtering and access management plan will be applied to devices connected to the internet via our WiFi and wired network.  This plan will be reviewed toward the end of each year and may be updated for the subsequent year.

Open

Year Levels

General internet
access

Educational communication
and collaboration tools
(incl. email, StudyWiz
and Edmodo)

YouTube and
video sharing sites
(YouTube Edu may
be used)

Social networking

Prep – Year 3

Teacher managed
‘whitelist’

Accessible

Blocked bar special
arrangement

Blocked

Years 4 - 5

Teacher managed
‘whitelist’

Accessible

Blocked bar special
arrangement

Blocked

Years 6-7

Filtered access

Accessible

Blocked bar special
arrangement

Blocked

Years 8-9

Filtered access

Accessible

Blocked bar special
arrangement

Blocked

Years 10-12

Filtered access

Accessible

Blocked bar special
arrangement

Accessible during
breaks, before and
after school only

Staff

Filtered access
(different level
to students)

Accessible

Accessible

Accessible

Explanatory Notes:

  • Teacher managed ‘whitelists’ are lists of approved internet sites specified by the classroom teacher. Only these sites will be available; all other sites will be blocked.
  • Filtered access is achieved using DansGuardian. Lists of blocked sites (called ‘blacklists’), as generated by this subscription service, are updated daily.

Redlands College will make reasonable application of filter and access management tools in accord with the above plan.  Given the highly dynamic nature of the internet, however, no filtering system is perfect. We can not control internet access via other networks (3G/4G or home/public networks). Students who attempt to or do circumvent our filtering systems are consciously contradicting school policy and will be disciplined accordingly.

How Does Filtering Work In Junior School?

In 2013, a different method of internet filtering and access management will be used in the Junior school. Students will only be able to access sites at the College that teachers have approved (called a 'whitelist'). It can be thought of as a 'walled sandpit.'  In this way we will allow students to use internet-based information and educate them in correct use, including recognising appropriate and trustworthy sites, all within the safety of a 'walled sandpit'. 

How Does Filtering Work In Middle And Senior School?

Internet filters provide a secure internet connection that prevents access to restricted web sites (called 'blackisted sites'). When someone tries to access a web page, the request first goes through the filter. It is then checked against a list of websites that are blocked (the 'blacklist'). If the site is not on the 'blacklist', the page is displayed to the user. If the websites is on the 'blacklist', the website is blocked and cannot be accessed. 

How it Works

At the College, if a student wishes to access the internet, a request is sent through our internet filter. The filter determines if the content should be made available to the user.

At home, without a filter none of this occurs.  When a user accesses the internet, the page is simply displayed.

 

Home Internet Filters

A range of home internet filters are available. The College is not is a position to recommend specific products. We advise parents to investigate options relevant to their family circumstance. We encourage all families to make use of web filtering at home due to the potential access to explicit and extreme materials that are available online.