Removing the PDST block.
I don’t know if this was put up on the CESI list but here goes, some of you may have realised that the internet provided by the school broadband system has been …….well ……acting up, I first discovered the issue when I typed PDST into Google and noticed the content was blocked.
Here are some steps that might help.
Step 1) Read the notice
Step2) click on the click ‘click here’ link
You’ll be directed to the browser settings page.
Step3) depending on the browser you’re in look for:
· Click here to Filter explicit content or enable strict filtering
Different browsers have different settings pages.
They’re basically asking you to enable safe search.
Step4) Click Save.
WAIT……………………….. That’s not all.
If you use YouTube links from an external link like favourites OR an external site that’s not YouTube then you’ll notice the PDST link again but this time when you click the ‘click here’ link you’ll be directed to the YouTube home page. To stop this happening follows these steps:
Step1) On the YouTube home page scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Step2) On the Settings tab of the page, click ‘Safety off’ (it’s defaulted to off)
Step3) Make sure the link says ‘Safety ON’
Once this is done you shouldn’t have any other PDST block issues .
WAIT …………………………………………… there’s a bit more………………………………….
If you’re using two browsers then you’ll have to make sure your setting are adjusted on all of there, YouTube on the other hand in an online adjustment so you’ll only have to do it once.
Finally, I’d imagine this is going to be an ongoing issue, I shouldn’t say issue, this is just a safety precaution, anyway this is going to happen on each New PC you introduce to your domain so please feel free to:
1) Adjust grammar
2) Fix spelling
& I don’t say this lightly BUT
3) Print this out and put it up in your staffroom with a simple tag line….. NO! the internet is NOT broken OR down and the network is just fine J ( maybe not )
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Hi Niall, the content filtering link is:
The specific link to check a website category or suggest a different category is:
PDST Technology in Education
Also had an instance where safe search was on, saved and the block page was showing after browser refresh or restart.
I do not see the value in enforcing safe search on YouTube at second level. It serves to block legitimate sites. Even the worst content on YouTube is not so bad for kids of 12+ in the controlled environs of school.