DEC Scan Journal : February 2012
Volume 31, February 2012 47 Key features and processes The key features and processes involved in the web filtering service apply to all Department facilities. This website provides a wealth of information about the Department's information technology provision, including detailed guidance on the filtering service. Links to Web filter check and to the Online request form can be found here. Information on FAQs, Filtering categories and Blocked sites is accessed via the links located below Internet browsing on the left menu (Figure 2). The FAQs section provides answers to web filtering related questions such as, On what criteria are websites blocked? Filtering categories provides information on the Department's filtering software and the Internet filtering matrix for download. Blocked sites provides comprehensive information on: • the blocked site message for staff and students • using the Internet filtering-Web filter check to check if websites are allowed for staff and students • accessing the online form to request a website be allowed or blocked. Staff can also access this online form from the Web filter check. The various menus on the right (Figure 3) have links to additional policy information about internet browsing services. Note that near the top of the list, you can also access the online form to request that a website be allowed or blocked. Web filtering matrix This matrix provides details for each user group about how category allows and blocks are applied. The matrix is available to download at <https://detwww. det.nsw.edu.au/it/learnsyssupport/fib/filteringcate- gories.htm>. The matrix lists 80+ proprietary filter categories and the Department's custom filter categories. It also shows the level of access that staff and students have to each category. Staff members have few access restrictions to internet resources, while TAFE students over 18 years of age have broader access than school students. Access is most protected for younger students. Access via the portal The Internet filtering-Web filter check can also be accessed via the Portal. Under the My Applications tab, select Internet filtering-Web filter check (Figure 4). This tool allows you to check access to one or multiple websites (Figure 5). The filter status results for each Year and group appear in a new screen (Figure 6), which also provides a link (Figure 7) to the online form to request a website be allowed or blocked. Figure 2 Left menu <https:// detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/it/learnsys- support/fib/fib_index.htm> Figure 3 Right menu <https:// detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/it/ learnsyssupport/fib/fib_index. htm> Figure 4 Internet filtering-Web filter check Staff members have few access restrictions to internet resources ... Access is most protected for younger students.