Student Safeguarding in a Multi-Academy Trust –
Is your web filter exposing your students to risk?
Did you know that if the web filters used across your Multi-Academy Trust aren’t real-time you could be exposing your pupils to appalling content.
Nearly all Web Filters refer to lists known as blocklists when determining which websites to block. These blocklists can be bought or in most cases, are created by the filter vendors themselves. They are created by the vendor spotting new content that could be harmful or inappropriate, manually assessing it and then adding it to their lists for blocking.
In the better filters, this process can take a day or days. In the most basic filters, this can take weeks or even months. And this assumes that the harmful content has been seen in the first place. In many cases it is not.
And understandably so.