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September 2, 2008

Bloxx advises on Internet safety for pupils

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by Janet Harris

With the start of the new school year upon us, parents should be able to send their children to school with the confidence that they are sending them to a safe environment.

However, Bloxx, the web content filtering specialist, warns that there is an increasing trend for pupils to evade web filtering technology by using anonymous proxies.

This means that they could be exposed to unsuitable websites, and could also be spending their time on social networking sites instead of concentrating on their studies.

Bloxx warns that young people are being increasingly technologically adept, and more creative in finding ways to evade the security systems put in place by IT managers.

One way they can do this is by connecting to an anonymous proxy server. This is a website which allows them to access other sites that might have otherwise been blocked by an Internet filter.

Bloxx Tru-View technology was deployed by St. George’s College, an independent Roman Catholic co-educational school in Surrey.

According to the school’s IT and Network Manager, Darren Harryman, “Bloxx’s Tru-View Technology can automatically categorise web pages which on the surface appear to be appropriate but which in reality are not. We now have no issues with anonymous proxies and it has given us an extremely high level of confidence that we are providing a safe, secure and productive learning environment for our students.”

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