The network at GOSH is an internally managed private network and therefore all families must complete and sign terms and conditions of service in order to gain access. These are available from the main reception or ward administration staff who can set up access for children, young people or parent/carers as required.
There are three levels of access available depending on the child or young person’s age:
1. Go Kids – for children under the age of 12 years.
2. Go Teens – for young people over the age of 12 years.
3. Go Wi-Fi – for patients over 16 years of age, parents and staff.
The network is filtered through the London Grid for Learning, which controls The Children’s Hospital School IT network to minimise the risks of access to inappropriate content.
The level of access determines the type of content available, with the highest level of filtering on the Go Kids network and the Go Teens network. The network will be monitored and any inappropriate use will be addressed and access can be withdrawn at any time. Patients will be able to access social media and games through the network.
Guest Wi-Fi is also available on the patient bedside entertainment system. Unfortunately, this system only allows one level of access, which is set at the highest level of filtering – GO Kids. An internet café is also being re-established in The Lagoon restaurant with the highest level of filtering due to the public nature of this space.