June 22, 2016

Web Content Filtering

How is the district keeping my child safe from inappropriate content online?
Most schools have a content filtering appliance in place that controls what is blocked or not blocked.  Public schools are legally required to this under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).  Sites are categorized based on content (news, entertainment, sports, gaming, etc).  From there, a district administrator chooses which categories to allow and which ones to filter out.  This device and its categorization algorithms accounts for about 99% of all the filtering that occurs in the school.  There are times when a site is categorized.  In cases like that, a teacher lets someone in tech know that the site is educational.  Usually, the site is “white listed”, which makes it available for use.