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#269904 14-Apr-2020 09:10
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Just received:

 

 

Network for Learning (N4L) has developed a safety filter to make the internet safer for all students learning from home that parents can set up on their children’s learning device to block the worst of the web.
 
Launched in time for schools resuming online classes for Term 2 on Wednesday, 15 April, the N4L safety filter is  part of a new initiative to provide safer connectivity for learning while students are away from school called “Switch on Safety.” The initiative is led by Crown Company N4L with support from Netsafe and the Ministry of Education. 
 
The N4L safety filter blocks access to a range of websites known to be unsafe and inappropriate for learning. These include adult websites, as well as those known to host unsafe software, such as malware and phishing scams.

 

Instructions on how to set up the N4L safety filter can be found at www.switchonsafety.co.nz

 

The new N4L safety filter is an extension of one of the multiple safety and security services the company has in place at schools, and is available at no cost to students and teachers for the next two years.
Bream Bay College in Northland’s Ruakaka was one of the schools involved in early testing of the filter over the weekend.  Principal Wayne Buckland said he’d been fielding questions from parents wondering if there would be filtering in place for home learning:  “We have appreciated that N4L has been looking after our students while online at school and that they’ve come up with a method to help keep them safe from bad content while learning online from home. 

 

“We see the safety filter being really helpful for our students and parents. It will help relieve some of the anxiety from our parent community who are concerned about the safety of their children online at a time when there are all sorts of scams and phishing going on.”
 
N4L CEO Larrie Moore says: “We play an important role keeping over 800,000 children safe online while they’re at school and we are extending our safety and security services to allow parents to help protect their children learning from home.
 
“By switching on our safety filter, we give children a valuable layer of protection to keep them safer online.”
 
Mr Moore emphasises that technology is not a silver bullet, and must be combined with good digital citizenship advice provided by organisations like Netsafe to keep children safe online.
 
N4L’s safety filter will be made available on the laptops provided by the Ministry of Education to students in need. 
 
The technology underpinning the filter is provided to N4L by global cyber security company Akamai Technologies, and is used by governments and businesses across the globe.
 
In addition to the safety filter, N4L is providing support for the Ministry’s distance learning programme by ensuring teachers can access schools systems and documents stored on the schools network securely, whilst working from home. 
 
N4L is a Crown-owned company that was set up in 2012 to connect all schools and kura across New Zealand to fast, reliable and safe internet services, which are fully managed and supported for more than 850,000 students and teachers via its “Managed Network”. 
 
When children are at school, N4L blocks upwards of 30 million websites a day.

 





 

 

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  #2460903 14-Apr-2020 09:53
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Alternatives with IPv6 support:

 

Cloudflare for Families

 

OpenDNS (very flexible category selection but requires static IP if using the category selection feature) 





 

 

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  #2460913 14-Apr-2020 10:03
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As mentioned here, please keep all topics in Remote Education easy for teachers and parents to use. So please don't go off topic.





 

 

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  #2460979 14-Apr-2020 12:05
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Will they also provide info on how to protect devices so kids can't just go in and change those DNS settings again?


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  #2461003 14-Apr-2020 12:39
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The DNS filtering does support IPv6 and for the first iteration the IPv6 was disabled due to user testing where they were really struggling with the IPv6 settings. As a number of people are not user savvy.

 

This is not as bulletproof and can be disabled especially when the device is unmanaged, no admin profiles setup etc. Managed devices can also have some challenges like in the Chromebook world

 

Note: This is the first option for parents to enable a level of safety while broader options are explored

 

N4L’S SWITCH ON SAFETY DNS

 

Primary
IPv4 23.216.52.39  

 

IPv6 2600:14c0::39

 

Secondary   
IPv4
 23.216.53.39  

 

IPv6 2600:14c0:1::39


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  #2461091 14-Apr-2020 13:55
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Psitec:

The DNS filtering does support IPv6 and for the first iteration the IPv6 was disabled due to user testing where they were really struggling with the IPv6 settings. As a number of people are not user savvy.


This is not as bulletproof and can be disabled especially when the device is unmanaged, no admin profiles setup etc. Managed devices can also have some challenges like in the Chromebook world


Note: This is the first option for parents to enable a level of safety while broader options are explored


N4L’S SWITCH ON SAFETY DNS


Primary
IPv4 23.216.52.39  


IPv6 2600:14c0::39


Secondary   
IPv4
 23.216.53.39  


IPv6 2600:14c0:1:39


That secondary IPv6 address didn't work with just a singular colon before 39. I had to put in 2 colons.

Have reported this to them


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  #2461309 14-Apr-2020 18:54
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kiwiharry:

 

That secondary IPv6 address didn't work with just a singular colon before 39. I had to put in 2 colons.

Have reported this to them

 

Yes sorry must have been when it was pasted in 

 

Primary
IPv4 23.216.52.39  
IPv6 2600:14c0::39

 

Secondary   
IPv4 23.216.53.39  
IPv6 2600:14c0:1::39

 

 


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  #2461312 14-Apr-2020 19:01
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They responded back to me to say thanks and they'll correct the info

 
 
 
 


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  #2473160 29-Apr-2020 09:43
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Without starting a new thread; any knowledge on the effectiveness of this?  My past experience with filters was that they blocked a large number of useful and legitimate content, sometimes to the point that it rendered the device all but useless, that was a few years ago though. 

 

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  #2473162 29-Apr-2020 09:49
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While not directly related to this specific service it is interesting to read the Cloudflare blog post about how these companies manage lists and how it affects services (in this case it did affect a few services).

 

Every service is different. OpenDNS allows you to check/uncheck categories. Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 for Families use different DNS addresses for each type of category you want to block. Cloudflare Gateway (paid service) allows you to check/uncheck different categories but it's aimed at businesses. Other services use a combination of these. 





 

 

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  #2473167 29-Apr-2020 09:56
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scuwp: Without starting a new thread; any knowledge on the effectiveness of this?  My past experience with filters was that they blocked a large number of useful and legitimate content, sometimes to the point that it rendered the device all but useless, that was a few years ago though. 


Thanks



My son; who is in year 10, hasn't complained to me about blocked sites.

Mind you I've only tested the filter with the test URL that N4L listed.

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