Bloxx has warned of the use of anonymous proxies by students as the academic year begins.
The web content filtering form has warned that educational institutions should be aware of their use as students look to bypass web filtering technology and the risks associated with unrestricted internet access. As school IT administrators are required to protect children from unsuitable websites but web savvy students will be able to bypass security.
Bloxx Managing Director, Eamonn Doyle, said: “Teachers notice when students are spending too much time gossiping in the classroom, whereas quietly surfing the Internet is not quite so obvious, yet it has the potential to expose children to inappropriate and even harmful material if not properly regulated.”
St. George's College is an independent Roman Catholic co-educational school based in Surrey, where the school's IT and Network Manager, Darren Harryman recently installed Bloxx's Tru-View Technology web filtering appliance after becoming concerned that students were finding ways to circumvent the existing web filtering solution from RM Smart Cache, by accessing anonymous proxy sites.
Darren Harryman said: “Child protection is our first priority and so blocking access to inappropriate content is critical. 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.”
Eamonn Doyle, Bloxx Managing Director, said: “Students are incredibly tech-savy and each year are becoming more knowledgeable about how to successfully evade internet filters by using anonymous proxies. Hundreds of anonymous proxy sites are created each week and blocking them using traditional internet filtering software, which rely on black lists, is simply no longer effective.
“Schools must be aware of how to manage and regulate Internet access by deploying the right technology in order to avoid children coming across inappropriate online content, whether accidentally or otherwise.”