This update is for parents of students using school-owned laptops (e.g. laptop hire, not BYOD)
Park Ridge has software on our school owned laptops that filters websites and improves safety for our students.
Students using these laptops (not BYOD devices) connected to a home or personal internet provider may not experience the same level of filtering protection if their internet service provider uses the more recent Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) to deliver online content. Filtering still functions as intended on home or personal internet connections using the previous Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4).
This will be rectified soon when the new version of the filtering software is deployed.
Park Ridge SHS recommends parents are extra vigilant of their child’s online activity.
If you wish to find out which type of internet connection you have at home, contact your home internet service provider.
The department will soon install an updated filtering software on school-managed devices which will support all internet connections including those using IPv6.
Remember, filtering and monitoring systems are not foolproof and do not replace the need for parental supervision when children are online. Vigilance is vital regardless of the device your child is using to access the internet.
There are a number of online resources for parents and caregivers to help support their child’s online experiences.
Please remember, as a parent or caregiver you play an important role in helping your children have safe and positive experiences online. Be vigilant and keep an eye on what your child is doing.
Thank you for your assistance.