School management strategies
To maximise the effect of the Managed Internet Service web filtering system, schools are encouraged to implement these procedures and guidelines. Unfortunately, no software program can guarantee that users will not be exposed to inappropriate websites.
School management strategies for teachers
- Confirm required websites for lessons are accessible using the 'Filtering' in MIS Gateway.
- Preview and pre-load all sites required for their lessons ahead of time.
- Familiarise yourself with your school's Behaviour Management policy, in particular the guidelines on the management of users who deliberately seek out inappropriate sites.
- Ensure your students and their parents/guardians have signed the Acceptable Use agreement form.
- Supervise internet access of students as much as possible.
- Limit internet access to curriculum-related research.
- Search and use online resources available through The Learning Place to assist integrating ICT into classroom activities, including:
- EduSites: Access sites evaluated by Education Queensland staff and chosen for their relevance to the curriculum
- edStudio: Create lessons, projects or community activities by combining media from edTube, Learning Place resources and teaching resources
- edTube: Access to images, video and audio created by Queensland state school staff and students.
NB: Some of the above links require a departmental username and password to access.
School management strategies for MIS administrators and principals
- Discuss with your principal about amending the statewide filtering policy within the MIS Portal to apply higher levels of filtering for their school.
- Encourage teachers to use the 'Filter Check' in the MIS Portal to confirm required websites for lessons are accessible
- Ensure your school's Behaviour Management Policy provides guidelines on the management of users who deliberately seek out inappropriate sites
- Have an Acceptable Use Policy and agreement form in place
- Ensure all students and their parents/guardians have signed an Acceptable Use agreement form