The Schools Broadband programme provides an integrated set of services to schools which includes broadband connectivity, and hosted services including content filtering, webhosting-blogging and security services including anti-virus control and a centralised firewall.
Content filtering is an essential and integrated element of the broadband service that is provided to schools by the Schools Broadband Programme. The purpose of Content filtering is to ensure (in so far as possible) that inappropriate websites and content are not accessible from within schools. Within the content filtering service provided, schools are given a choice of six different levels of content filtering so that they can choose a level that best meets their particular situation, age group of students etc.. Schools can choose from these six levels, and the chosen level of content filtering is implemented by the Schools Broadband team for the school. Full details on the content filtering levels can be found on http://www.pdsttechnologyineducation.ie/Broadband/ContentFiltering/
A school may elect to have a different filtering level applied to a limited number of devices within the school. This is implemented by applying a different filtering level to a range of IP addresses allocated to the school. To use this different filtering level a device is configured to use one of the IP addresses from the range assigned to the 2nd filtering level. The school accepts the risks associated with using the schools broadband at all levels of filtering including who gets access to this 2nd filtering level.
Implementing Split-Level Filtering
How split-level filtering is implemented is down to how the internet and network are configured within the school