Keeping pupils and staff safe whilst they are using the school’s broadband provision is essential. But no one wants a filter that gets in the way of teaching and learning. Protex school internet web filter is a dynamic content and URL filter specifically designed for UK academies and schools. Protex intelligently filters out the bad ‘stuff’ and provides an age-appropriate web experience without being overzealous!
- Safe, secure and fully DfE compliant (IWF, PREVENT and PIPCU lists)
- Will actually improve your connection speed
- Unlimited devices at no additional cost (makes it easier to manage your budget)
- Fantastic value for money
- Complete peace of mind
Benefits of Protex school internet filtering
Keeping school pupils and staff safe online
Fully compliant with DfE recommendations
The Protex school internet web filter complies with the Safer Internet Centre’s definition of an ‘appropriate filtering system‘ as referenced in the DfE’s ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘. It blocks content on the police assessed list of unlawful terrorist sites produced on behalf of the Home Office (PREVENT list), the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and the Child Sexual Abuse Content (CIAC) list.
In addition to blocking known inappropriate web pages, our web filter also analysis web page content and identifies and blocks pages and sites that whilst not on the blocked URL list, contain inappropriate materials. This reduces the risk of over-blocking and protects your pupils from unseemly items that occasionally occur on otherwise acceptable sites.
All block or unblock changes are applied in real-time to ensure that there is minimum impact on teaching. If you ask us to block a site, it will be inaccessible immediately. You’ll be able to access unblocked sites straight away.
Protex web content filtering carries out real-time checking of all non-trusted content, including https pages. Protex checks and blocks inappropriate file types where required. For example, the default pupil profiles prevent pupils from downloading executable files, reducing the risk of unauthorised software installation. It also blocks malware and phishing sites.
Search term filtering
Protex filters the words and phrases that are used in searches, preventing users from even seeing the search results, as well as preventing access to the site, for particular banned words and phrases.
All devices using your connection will have filtering applied
You’ll only need one filtering solution even if you use a mixed environment of iPads, Windows and Mac devices and Chromebooks. Protex protects all devices which are using the school broadband connection, regardless of the operating system.
Web filtering that is easy to use and saves you time
Fully managed service with optional local control
You won’t need to do anything because we monitor the service and manage list updates. Protex internet web content filtering is a fully managed service. If you want some specific changes to a filtering profile or want to block or unblock a particular website we’ll do that for you. But if you want someone within your school to manage the filtering, we’ll happily provide him or her with some training and ongoing phone and email support.
Filter profiles can be linked to your own Active Directory. This enables you to track the internet activity of specific individuals by username. An additional benefit is that this increases the degree of granularity and means that you can bespoke the filtering experience of sub-groups of users or even individuals.
A school internet filtering system bespoke to your needs
We set up your web filtering system to your specific requirements
Protex web filtering comes completely ready to protect your pupils and staff from inappropriate web content. For most schools, this is exactly what they need. However, we know that some schools have very specific web filtering requirements and we will happily modify our standard profiles or create bespoke profiles for your school.
Flexible filtering profiles
We provide multiple level filtering profiles for all your different user groups such as year groups, guests and teachers. Time scheduled alternate profiles can also be set. For example, a more liberal profile that allows access to online games might be deployed at breaks and lunchtimes.
Helping you understand your users
Sometimes it is important to know who is accessing or trying to access blocked sites. Our user-friendly interface allows you to view a range of daily, weekly or termly reports that we generate for you overnight. You can view reports such as: the top 100 sites visited, the top denied sites, or how often a particular resource is being used. If you can’t find a report you need, we will create it for you, or show you how to do it yourself.
Keeping your school network secure
The onsite Protex ‘box’ also acts as your internet gateway. It also provides a range of firewall facilities such as blocking external IPs to prevent external network attacks.
The gateway facilities provide your staff with secure remote access to the school network or can be used to securely link networks between individual schools in a federation and across split sites.
Find out more about Protex school internet filtering
Give us a call on 01462 833300 use the contact us form and we’ll get back you.