Safe Image Search Resources for Students

The rise of edtech and 1:1 devices affords teachers to encourage online research.  Recent Pew Research Center data suggests that the very nature of research has drastically changed: students quickly find just enough information to satisfy research assignments via big name search engines and stop there.  Transfer a few sentences and an image onto a Prezi slide … Continue reading Safe Image Search Resources for Students

Web Filtering in K-12 Schools: The Past, Present, and Future

By Tom Walker A Brief History of Web Filtering in K-12 Schools When I started my career in K-12 IT, web content filtering in schools was a fairly new creature. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was still in its early stages and various approaches to content filtering began to emerge. A handful of companies began to surface as the … Continue reading Web Filtering in K-12 Schools: The Past, Present, and Future

8 Lessons Learned from Network Bots

"Our systems have detected unusual traffic from your computer network" At Securly, we have gained a lot of insight into bot behavior based on our own experience seeing this message. Google's security team has been tremendously helpful in understanding this issue. We are sharing our findings below hoping they will be helpful for anyone experiencing similar issues. … Continue reading 8 Lessons Learned from Network Bots

Allowing Teachers to Control Web Filtering in Their Classroom

“Teachers need choice on when they’re ready to unblock as they teach students to use technology appropriately.” – Tanya Avrith, Google Certified Teacher. We see two “classroom-level” issues come up time and again in post-deployment scenarios: Classroom Management While this was a solved problem in a Windows-only world with applications like LanSchool, the product that … Continue reading Allowing Teachers to Control Web Filtering in Their Classroom