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Web Content Filtering

Online Safety Bill 2013

Backing up David Cameron’s pledge to protect children from harmful online content, the Online Safety Bill 2013 gets a second reading in the House of Lords on 6th Dec 2013. The Bill is essentially in three main parts: – Duty to provide a means of filtering online content.  Manufacturers will be required to provide customers …

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Is your local authority “blocking” or “managing” your internet? Here’s some tips

We all know the value of internet access at school, there is no need to explain that; but from an e-safety and risk management perspective there is still too much emphasis on the risk rather than the management.  This is true of internet sites, specific categories such as blogs, and particular internet services such as …

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Internet Filtering: Creating a New eSafety Risk

Internet filtering in the context of e-safety always stirs a great, and sometimes emotive debate.  Schools are a great source of discussion in this area as they have been subjected to a filtering requirement since the very first days of internet connectivity.  In my previous role as a service manager for a large local authority …

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A pragmatic view of internet filtering from the perspective of school and LA

There was a great article from TES today (31st Aug 2012) regarding internet filtering in scottish schools.  The article quotes “…anger and frustration on the part of teachers – and a warning that by denying young people access to the kind of ICT to which they have easy access at home, schools are limiting the …

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