Schools – Internet Safety Standards

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NetPilot Conforms to BSI PAS 74:2008 Internet safety – Access control systems for the protection of children online.

With the lack of any other relevant UK standards or specifications BSI PAS 74:2008 is the basis of important minimum criteria that should be considered by schools in selecting filtering services.

BSI PAS74 specifies requirements on:

  • Ease of installation, configuration and use
  • Effectiveness
  • Minimum features
  • Ease of updating
  • Quality of instructions
  • Consumer communications and support.

The access control system has to:

  • Block inappropriate content
  • Block communications via Internet-based services that are inappropriate
  • Prevent unauthorized users from changing or disabling the access control settings
  • Provide an appropriate level of protection (as specified by this PAS) upon implementation/installation either through the use of default settings or configuration in accordance with user documentation
  • Configure the product or service where such a capability is offered
  • Remain up to date (within the terms of any licensing or subscription requirements)

The contents of PAS 74 include:

  • Scope
  • Terms and  definitions
  • Abbreviations
  • Internet-based content
  • Internet-based communications
  • Security of settings
  • Installation and implementation including initial configuration
  • Configuration
  • Maintenance
  • Uninstall/removal
  • System support
  • Product description and user documentation
  • User education materials
  • Conformity declaration
  • Overview of the test laboratory process
  • Categories of inappropriate content
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 4: Internet-based content
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 5: Internet-based communications
  • Categories of Internet-based communication services
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 6:Security of settings
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 7: Installation
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 8: Configuration
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 9: Maintenance
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 10: Uninstall/removal
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 11: System support
  • Criteria to be used for checking compliance against Clause 12: Product description and user documentation
  • Bibliography