Content Filtering

UQconnect wants your use of the Internet to be a positive experience. We want all children to be protected from material that is unsuitable for them. Following is some information that will help you deal with content on the Internet.

How can I protect my children from prohibited content?
Supervising your children's Internet use is probably the most effective way of protecting them. Even the best filtering software cannot be effective in filtering inappropriate content 100% of the time. For more information, an excellent guide for parents and children is contained at the ACMA's Cybersmart Kids Web site or the Queensland government website Cyber Safety links for families.

What do I do if I have a complaint about content?
All Internet users have the right to complain about sites they find offensive. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) provides details of the complaint process and procedure.

The IIA encourages Internet users to report sites containing prohibited content to the IIA. Each of the approved filtering packages restricts access to Internet sites that contain content classified as ‘prohibited' by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). Reports of offending sites can be made to ACMA by using their online form.

The Internet Code of Practice
An Internet Code of Practice has been developed by The Internet Industry Association (IIA) for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Content Hosts, which encourage a positive Internet experience while addressing community concerns regarding unsavory content. This Code of Practice is registered with the ACMA. The Code requires ISPs to inform customers about content filtering and provide access to approved content filters.

How do I purchase a Content Filter?
There are a large number of client-based filtering software packages available for use. A listing of IIA Family Friendly Internet Content Filters is published by the Internet Industry Association (IIA). Please note, the Internet Code of Practice states that ISPs are not allowed to profit from the sale of content filters.


Page revised 20-2-2013