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Securus software is the most advanced and unique filtering, monitoring and reporting software available today. Securus provides monitoring and detection, recording and reporting of any data activities in violation of Sidmouth College's AUP (Acceptable Use Policy), whether generated internally or externally, on-line or off-line. Captures of all AUP violations are recorded as screen captures, along with the time, workstation name, user identity, application and violating word or phrase.

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Due to advancements in our web filter and firewall, all mobile devices now need an SSL certificate to be installed. Without the certificate any secure websites will not be displayed correctly.

Connect  to the college wireless network but do not complete login details. Follow the steps below for the appropriate operating system.

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Using the internet safely is about being aware of the dangers and taking sensible precautions.  Surf the websites below to find out how to be e-safe.

ICT AUP – The College acceptable ICT Usage Policy for Students.

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Your guide to available Windows Parental Controls

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Windows Parental Controls

Parental controls are a host of useful features that come with Windows Vista and Windows 7 to ensure that your child is safe whilst using the computer. Once configured, you can block or allow specific programmes to run, set limits (allocate specified times) to when your child can log-on to their account on the computer as well as regulating access to games which are installed on the computer.

The following instructions show how you can utilise these tools to make sure your child stays safe. Using an administrative account on your computer, open the ‘Control Panel’ (situated in the Start menu) and find ‘User Accounts and Family Safety’. Now click ‘Set up parental controls for any user’. You should be presented with a screen similar to the one shown below.

In this scenario, ‘Dad’ is letting ‘Robby’ use his laptop but wants to make sure it is only used for certain things at certain times. If you do not have an account for your child, then click ‘Create a new user account’ and ensure they are a ‘standard user’. Once you have set up the relevant accounts then you are ready to customise their access to various features across windows. Select the account you wish to implement control features on by clicking on the account name. You will be presented with a screen similar to the one shown below.

By default Parental Controls will be off. To enable them, select ‘On, enforce current settings’. Adjustments that can be made to account settings can be seen in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. To control when the user can log-on to the system, click ‘Time limits’ – you will be presented with a screen similar to the one below.

This matrix shows hours of the day and days of the week. To block log-in access at specific times, simply click and drag over the boxes to turn them blue. Here, we can see that ‘Dad’ has blocked ‘Robby’s access to the computer on Sunday evening between the hours of 8pm to 8am the following day. Once desired times have been blocked, select ‘Ok’.

The next feature available for use is blocking or filtering of games. Click on ‘Games’ to bring up the following screen.

If you want your child to be able to play games, then leave ‘Yes’ selected at the top. Other options on this page include filtering of games by game age rating or by specific names if this is required. Once you are happy with your selection, click ‘Ok’. In the example we can see that ‘Dad’ is happy for ‘Robby’ to play games.

The final option that you can configure is ‘Allow and block specific programs’. If there are certain applications that you do not wish your child to run at all then click this in the ‘User controls’ menu. You will be presented with a screen similar to the one below.

Scrolling through this list, you can see all the different programmes which have been installed on your computer. To allow your child access to one, select the tick-box next to the programme in question.  Here we can see that ‘Dad’ only wants ‘Robby’ to use Windows Media Player. Once you have made your selection, click ‘Ok’.




Windows Live Family Safety

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