Keeping pupils and staff safe whilst they are using the school’s broadband provision is essential. Because no one wants a filter that gets in the way of teaching and learning we designed Protex internet web filter specifically for educational users. 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 optimise your connection speed
- Unlimited devices at no additional cost (makes it easier to manage your budget)
- Fantastic value for money
- Complete peace of mind
We have over 20 years experience of providing safe, filtered internet to educational establishments of all sizes. From the smallest of nursery schools to the largest multi-academy trusts, from specialist schools to whole local authorities, Protex Web Content Filtering keeps pupils and staff safe!
Benefits of Protex Web Content Filtering:
An ‘Appropriate’ filter for your school – Fully compliant with DfE recommendations and NEN filtering guidance
Protex web content filtering 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.
See our appropriate filtering certificate
We also follow NEN guidance on best practise on educational filtering.
Keeping school pupils and staff safe online
In addition to blocking known inappropriate web pages, our web filter also analyses web page content. It then 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 thus ensuring that there is minimum impact on teaching. If you ask us to block a site, it will be inaccessible immediately. If you request us to unblocked a site, we’ll review the site and respond appropriately. Usually we unblock sites in less than 4 hours.
Protex web content filtering carries out real-time checking of all non-trusted content, including https pages. Protex also 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. This prevents 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 that 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 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 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 fine-tune the filtering experience of sub-groups of users or even individuals.
A 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, academies and MATs, 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 you.
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 so a more liberal profile that allows access to some 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, therefore, our user-friendly interface allows you to view a range of daily and weekly 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.
Find out more about Protex Web Content Filtering
Give us a call on 01462 833300 or use the contact us form and we’ll get back you.