Web filtering is designed to provide a safe browsing environment for students and staff. When a student logs onto the DETNSW network, web filtering is activated.
The department uses proprietary filtering software (BlueCoat) to manage internet browsing. This software classifies websites according to subject matter into various filter categories. Teachers and students have different filtering access according to year level, group and role.
Websites that are newly created or have not yet been classified are 'uncategorised'. All staff have access to uncategorised websites, however, they are blocked for school students.
Additionally, Google SafeSearch is ‘on’ for all users. When SafeSearch is on, it helps block explicit images, videos, and websites from Google Search results.