Best Practices Found in Internet Filtering Built for Learning
School Internet filters are mission critical. The administration and professional staff in a community must trust that the filter they select will keep their students safe. Take this a step further. It must also be able to support learning. This requires the ability to address different scenarios depending upon the level of the student, class, grade, and school. Therefore, before choosing a filtering solution, make sure it’s safe and flexible while also able to easily meet many educational goals.
Requirements for School Internet Filters:
Teachers, students, and staff have a wide variety of access needs. Also, many schools are now providing staff and students with mobile devices so Internet filtering needs to occur both on and off network. When choosing a filter, make sure it can specifically address the different access needs of a particular population and project, so that it can be easily customized by subject area and class.
- Does the filter offer an unlimited number of profiles to customize filtering for many different requirements?
- Can it setup specific filtering profiles for students and teachers or for different groups?
- Can it enable a school or district to address all the requirements of their Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)?
- If a student abuses the privilege of using the Internet by not acting responsibly, can access for that student be turned off?
A filter built for learning minimizes overblocking and enables IT staff to customize access privileges for educators.
- Does the filter provide access to a site that has educational content even if it is also found in a blocked category?
- Can IT staff provide educators with the ability to select previously blocked sites for instructional use while working within the school’s Acceptable Use Policy?
- If a site is categorized in a blocked category, can it be accessed because it is also categorized as educational?
For teachers and students to engage in interactive learning, the filter must be flexible and allow collaborative learning.
- Does the filter satisfy both the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the AUP of the school while also allowing educators to select specific content for a lesson, whether that content is a blog, wiki, or any other Web 2.0 application?
- Does the filter allow a specific YouTube™ video without allowing all content in YouTube.com? And, does the filter support YouTube for Schools and its extensive catalogue of educationally appropriate videos? When displaying a video, does it focus students by removing the distracting comments, ads, and suggested videos on the page?
School Mobile Filtering
As education transforms with the use of Chromebook™ notebooks, the iPad® and other connected mobile devices, mobile filtering must be able to support this new technology so that learning can continue beyond the boundaries of school walls.
- Does the school mobile filter support devices so that learning can continue anytime, anywhere?
- Is the same mobile filtering provided both on and off network, so the AUP is enforced wherever a school-owned device is connected?
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