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Managing Internet access can be an administrative nightmare for schools and colleges who wish to encourage their pupils to enjoy the benefits of the information it holds while trying to protecting them from malicious or inappropriate content.

While most schools and colleges have historically taken...

19/08
2013
Protecting pupils from danger on the Internet
Posted by Caroline Moore on 19/08 at 11:08 AM Videos and webinars, Education, Education,

Managing Internet access can be an administrative nightmare for schools and colleges who wish to encourage their pupils to enjoy the benefits of the information it holds while trying to protecting them from malicious or inappropriate content.

While most schools and colleges have historically taken advantage of centrally funded, filtered Internet access from JANET suppliers, these services now need to be funded in-house and other suppliers, such as South West Communications Group, have solutions specifically designed for the education sector.

In a recent video, our data networks expert Colin Woods spoke about the issues schools and colleges face when using the Internet as an educational tool.

He said: “The Internet is fraught with danger and it’s very difficult to protect the users from the danger that lies within; mainly because it is designed to be an open medium so that people can source information from any contributor.”

Colin explained that while large Internet companies like Google and Wikipedia have their own policies regarding content, they do not know the age and vulnerability of the people accessing it.

He added: “What schools must ensure is that the content viewed by pupils is appropriate for their age range. They ought to be looking to invest in a system that can segregate by year group, so they can allow pupils access to their virtual learning environments, whether that’s Moodle or any of the other education environments, but it needs to be done so that they can access content in a safe way.”

These filtering systems are useless, however, unless they are updated on a daily basis, hour by hour, because up to 1,000 new websites are created every day that contain malware or malicious software.

Colin concluded: “It’s (the Internet) a scary place. What we have got to do is ensure that we can put protection in there so that when people access what may be a genuine looking spoof website that anything that is malicious or inappropriate within the site is filtered out long before it gets to the computer screen viewed by the pupils.”

For more information on Internet filtering for schools and colleges, please download our dedicated data sheet.

 
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Caroline Moore on 19/08/2013

Former newspaper journalist, Caroline joined the company in 2008 with no previous knowledge of the industry.

She set about stripping back all the jargon to produce plain English marketing collateral to support the sales teams. Now slightly more well-versed in the dark arts of voice, connectivity and data services, Caroline writes blogs, case studies, data sheets and social media updates to engage with potential and existing customers.

This industry is far cry from her previous working life when she worked as communications manager for Exeter Chiefs and Northampton Saints.


Contact: caroline.moore@swcomms.co.uk