The department has made several changes to its internet usage to ensure staff can continue to access core business applications and maintain good service. Learn more about the changes in the Enhancements section.
The department operates a best-practice web filtering system to protect both schools and corporate offices from malicious web activity and inappropriate websites.
As the internet becomes an increasingly significant tool in education, it is important that schools have access to safe and appropriate material.
The department has adopted a new internationally recognised web filtering system, Blue Coat.
This new system works on departmentally-owned computers when used at school, home or away from any of the department's work sites and schools. It happens by a process called proxy client.
It adds extra measures to protect staff and students against:
- inappropriate webpages
- spyware and malware
- insecure instant messaging
- peer-to-peer sessions
- scams and identity theft.
The department recognises web filtering is no substitute for parental supervision. While the department continually enhances its systems to ensure the safety of students and staff, departmental control is no substitute for the ongoing vigilance of parents and caregivers.
The department's document Cybersafety and Cyberbullying - A Guide for Parents and Caregivers (PDF, 1.2MB) provides important information for parents about cybersafety.