Google Search Blocked in Schools PDST Filtering
Recent changes by PDST.ie in the Irish schools internet access has caused some issues for school staff and students.
The original changes were created a few months ago by the PDST (formally NCTE) to help increase the filtering process within the schools broadband networks. Schools were apparently notified who this would affect their usage. But the weekend of 8th June 2014, Google changed algorithims in the Search Settings which meant the previous settings by PDST were outdated and did not work.
If you are getting this message on your screen below, follow the below steps
Steps to fix the Google Filter Search Error in Irish Schools
- The user is prompted to click on http:www.Google.ie/Preferences
- This is where the user must change the Filter Settings. CLICK on FILTER EXPLICIT RESULTS
- To confirm settings. Click SAVE at the bottom of Page
This may work first time or you may need to go in and check again if the Filter mark is checked and SAVE again.
To check do a Google Search up in the top bar or search bar to investigate.
Once this is carried out on one browser, it has to be REPEATED ON ALL BROWSERS ON ALL COMPUTERS IN THE SCHOOL
To change the settings if the Preferences does not work
For some browsers Google Chrome and Firefox, the user may have to go to www.Google.ie and click on Settings on Bottom of screen
If none of these steps are helpful,
Please contact me 086-2377033