+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 22
Network and Classroom Management Thread, How to prevent inappropriate Internet searches in Technical; Hi there, I look after a small primary school network. We have no dedicated ICT suite - instead we have ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    30
    Thank Post
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    How to prevent inappropriate Internet searches

    Hi there,

    I look after a small primary school network. We have no dedicated ICT suite - instead we have a number of computer bay areas around the school and some laptops in a mobile trolley unit.

    We are looking for a piece of software that would allow us to block inappropriate internet searches - before they are sent to the internet! We do have filtering in place through our broadband supplier, but this doesn't always help when one or two children decide to look for certain things in particular! Therefore we would like to have some kind of monitoring software that would intercept any inappropriate search strings before it gets sent to the search engine. Does such a thing exist? We would like to be able to monitor and log the "search" activity.

    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks

  2. #2
    box_l's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Herefordshire
    Posts
    403
    Thank Post
    63
    Thanked 84 Times in 69 Posts
    Rep Power
    60
    Not quite what you asked for, but this site DuckDuckGo will only return birds if you type in t*ts.

    lots of primarys seem to like it.

    BoX.

  3. #3

    bladedanny's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Sheffield
    Posts
    1,199
    Thank Post
    174
    Thanked 272 Times in 203 Posts
    Rep Power
    123
    Maybe Smoothwall or if funds are tight Smoothwall Express?

  4. Thanks to bladedanny from:

    tom_newton (22nd March 2011)

  5. #4

    witch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Dorset
    Posts
    10,405
    Thank Post
    1,106
    Thanked 2,094 Times in 1,474 Posts
    Rep Power
    651
    Why not limit their searches to using something like 'Ask Jeeves' or similar rather than internet explorer - that way it will be a safe search and not allow anything unsuitable

  6. #5

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,392
    Thank Post
    797
    Thanked 1,588 Times in 1,391 Posts
    Blog Entries
    10
    Rep Power
    427
    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Why not limit their searches to using something like 'Ask Jeeves' or similar rather than internet explorer - that way it will be a safe search and not allow anything unsuitable
    Safesearch will still allow stuff through.

    I think the best way to do this would be to get some filtering software that has key word blocking. For example you could block someone seaching 'cars' if you wanted.
    The software isnt cheap though.

  7. #6

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,498
    Thank Post
    1,185
    Thanked 745 Times in 647 Posts
    Rep Power
    228
    Quote Originally Posted by rednight View Post
    We are looking for a piece of software that would allow us to block inappropriate internet searches - before they are sent to the internet!
    Client-side software is probably the wrong place to be doing that, you're better off sticking with a gateway filtering solution. If your current filtering service doesn't offer keyword filtering then, as pointed out above, you can put your own extra filter in place, i.e. a server that sits between your network and your Internet connection and filters out inappropriate searches. You could set up your own (free) Squid filter, or as pointed out above, Smoothwall Express might fit your needs.

  8. Thanks to dhicks from:

    tom_newton (22nd March 2011)

  9. #7

    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    3,144
    Thank Post
    113
    Thanked 518 Times in 447 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    121
    You do need some content filtering - I'd never seen duckduckgo before so I tried it. "sex" gave no results but "making babies" gave some decidely dodgy results (and, yes, I was being "naughty" but that doesn't seem like an unreasonable phrase for young children to use)

  10. #8

    glennda's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Sussex
    Posts
    7,714
    Thank Post
    269
    Thanked 1,116 Times in 1,012 Posts
    Rep Power
    345
    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Safesearch will still allow stuff through.

    I think the best way to do this would be to get some filtering software that has key word blocking. For example you could block someone seaching 'cars' if you wanted.
    The software isnt cheap though.
    Dansgardian and Squid can do keyword filtering

    for example if a website contains to many rude/unsuitable words it will block the site. Doesn't work 100% of the time but it works 9/10.

  11. #9

    bossman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    England
    Posts
    3,853
    Thank Post
    1,160
    Thanked 1,028 Times in 729 Posts
    Rep Power
    323
    @rednight:
    I would point you in the direction of IPCop which is free software which will install on a modest computer with 2 network cards installed and fulfil all you requirements.

    We used it here for 8 years very good:IPCop - Home

    good luck

  12. #10

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,392
    Thank Post
    797
    Thanked 1,588 Times in 1,391 Posts
    Blog Entries
    10
    Rep Power
    427
    Quote Originally Posted by bossman View Post
    @rednight:
    I would point you in the direction of IPCop which is free software which will install on a modest computer with 2 network cards installed and fulfil all you requirements.

    We used it here for 8 years very good:IPCop - Home

    good luck

    Didnt think IPcop could do filtering. Thanks

  13. #11
    Admiral208's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Bridgwater
    Posts
    712
    Thank Post
    171
    Thanked 62 Times in 54 Posts
    Rep Power
    39
    Quote Originally Posted by box_l View Post
    Not quite what you asked for, but this site DuckDuckGo will only return birds if you type in t*ts.

    lots of primarys seem to like it.

    BoX.
    If i type t*ts into DuckDuckGo, its filtered by our LA!!!

  14. #12

    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Posts
    30
    Thank Post
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Thanks for all your replies and suggestions.

    Just to clarify things a little ... (and probably should have mentioned in my original posting - sorry!!!)

    We are running ISA 2006 as a proxy/firewall - but afaik there is no way to filter search strings on their way out .... if anyone knows if this is possible, I would be really interested!

    We do have content filtering in place via the LA - but as always, it is never going to be 100% and there is always a chance of something slipping through ... that's really why I asked about a bit of software that can filter the search string itself before it gets to the internet rather than relying on the filtering of the results!!

    It is mainly images that need filtering - with everyone so reliant on Google these days, it is really difficult to find a suitable alternative (we did use askkids for a while, but something seems to have happened to their image search .. it has disappeared!!).

    I really appreciate all your replies - what a great forum - thank you!

  15. #13

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,498
    Thank Post
    1,185
    Thanked 745 Times in 647 Posts
    Rep Power
    228
    Quote Originally Posted by rednight View Post
    It is mainly images that need filtering
    Does your LA-provided Internet connection force Google (and Bing, etc) SafeSearch for image searches, or are unwanted results still coming through on SafeSearch? You might want to ask your LA if they can simply turn on forced SafeSearch for your school - it should be a feature of any decent filtering solution. They probably leave it off by default as other schools will have their own filtering in place.

  16. #14


    tom_newton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    4,448
    Thank Post
    865
    Thanked 839 Times in 662 Posts
    Rep Power
    194
    Smoothwall express does not have the search term filtering on it - or AFAIK in any of the add-ons? We certainly do it in the full version of our filter though.

  17. #15


    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    3,387
    Thank Post
    183
    Thanked 350 Times in 279 Posts
    Rep Power
    147
    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Smoothwall express does not have the search term filtering on it - or AFAIK in any of the add-ons? We certainly do it in the full version of our filter though.
    Not in the true sense afaik no, but with the DG add-on if you type in something naughty the search results will trigger the weighted words filter and not allow you on the page.
    Last edited by j17sparky; 22nd March 2011 at 08:45 PM.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. My searches, and adverts
    By techtopia in forum Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 23rd July 2010, 09:58 AM
  2. Top Internet Searches Of 2009
    By DaveP in forum IT News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 1st December 2009, 08:01 PM
  3. [MS Office - 2003] Outlook 2003 Find Feature searches backwards
    By jburgin81 in forum Office Software
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12th February 2009, 09:59 PM
  4. Query on Active Directory searches
    By BJG in forum Windows
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 16th October 2008, 11:24 AM
  5. Network Guardian and Google searches
    By ChrisH in forum *nix
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 2nd October 2008, 03:41 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •