The long summer holidays are over here in the UK, and our kids have pretty much all gone back to school this week. Which is good news for providers of anonymous proxies and bad news for the school network admins trying to prevent students from accessing inappropriate sites.

One UK web content filtering specialist, Bloxx, is warning that educational institutions should be aware that every year kids are becoming increasingly savvy with regards to bypassing filtering systems. As that knowledge of technology, and in particular the Internet, continues to evolve so the threat to school filtering evolves alongside.

Bloxx warns that students are finding new subversive ways in which to access non-work related sites during school hours. Of course, the easiest and therefore also the most popular method continues to by connecting to an anonymous proxy server to access those sites which may otherwise have been blocked.

"Teachers notice when students are spending too much time gossiping in the classroom, whereas quietly surfing the Internet is not quite so obvious, yet it has the potential to expose children to inappropriate and even harmful material if not properly regulated," warns Bloxx Managing Director, Eamonn Doyle. "Students are incredibly tech-savvy and each year they becoming more knowledgeable about how to successfully evade web filters by using anonymous proxies. Hundreds of anonymous proxy sites are created every week and blocking them using traditional web filters, which rely on URL black lists, is simply no longer effective" he continues, concluding "Schools must be aware of how to manage and regulate Internet access by deploying the right technology in order to avoid children coming across inappropriate online content, whether accidentally or otherwise."

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A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to Forbes.com, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...

we have Insight at in the trade i am it is a monitereing software that keeps track of everything we do 100% and the teacher can go back in the history of each student so its really bad to do anything that would circumvent the network.

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