Why Choose Cloud Based Web Filtering?
Web filtering is most widely known within the context of the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 as a means of protecting students from harmful, explicit content found on the internet. However, web filters – especially those that are Cloud based – are capable of much more, in both home and school environments.
From a survey we conducted, about 50% of students reported being focused only half the time they spent studying or working on school assignments due to online distractions. Cloud based web filtering services allow the admin to establish time restrictions on certain sites (social media, gaming, entertainment, etc.), impelling students to get back on track.
More than half of the US K-12 population will be involved in 1:1 computing programs by the end of this year, according to Education Week’s Market Brief. 1:1 refers to the practice of each student having their own device (usually a Chromebook or tablet) on loan from the school during the academic year. Students are able to use these devices in class and at home; thus, schools are now seeking for 1:1 chromebook web filter solutions. Hardware appliances previously limited web filtering to school grounds. However, Cloud based web filtering for schools ensures that students will be protected from harmful content wherever they are.
The term “cyberbullying” covers any sort of harassment via online communication. Cyberbullying usually occurs on social media sites and public forums. Blocking social media sites entirely may be too restrictive (especially for pre-teens) or unrealistic, as many schools use social media to communicate alerts to their students. Cloud based web filtering provides a balanced solution via “Bullying and Self-Harm Detection”. This technology analyzes student social media posts and alerts admins and/or school officials at any indication of cyberbullying, self-harm, or grief. This approach addresses cyberbullying detection and works to prevent cyberbullying’s often fatal consequences.
Until recently, web filtering solutions relied mostly on hardware appliance and routers. These appliances are often complicated to set-up and require constant maintenance by IT admins. The cost of mandatory updates and extra features can add up to an exorbitant amount. Instead, cloud based web-filtering allows for easy, immediate set-up through a friendly user-interface. It is also a simple way for parents to utilize parental control features.
Monitor Online Behavior
Lastly, cloud based web filtering allows parents and IT admins to track sites kids are visiting and how often. While web restrictions vary from school to school and household to household, it’s important to be aware of your child’s web activity to promote online safety!
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