The Key to A Successful Online Safety Policy

70.3% of students we surveyed did not know what web filter their school was using, if at all.  ALL of the students we interviewed were unaware as to what sites were prohibited on their school's network.  Teachers themselves are often surprised and irritated by blocks to YouTube clips planned for class lecture.  Both teachers and … Continue reading The Key to A Successful Online Safety Policy

8 Reasons Students Like Securly Web Filtering

The following are real student responses from an international survey we conducted during Summer 2015. 1. “You don’t get rude ads or viruses.” Pop-ups and pseudo-content are not only annoying, but also often times dangerous.  Online aggressors specifically target children, enticing them to click on attractive advertisements or links leading to viruses.  YouTube launched “YouTube Kids” in response … Continue reading 8 Reasons Students Like Securly Web Filtering

Parental Control Quick Guide: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

The web holds a wealth of information – including content that may be inappropriate or dangerous for young audiences.  A request for personal details, cheap ticket offers to a sporting event, or suggestion to meet “in person” ? STOP!  These are all red flags of online culture to watch out for.  Kids are likely to … Continue reading Parental Control Quick Guide: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

Safe, Kid-Friendly Alternatives to Google, YouTube, and Beyond

Today’s youth is exposed to technology very early in life – according to 2015 American Academy of Pediatrics, "30% of U.S. children first play with a mobile device when they are still in diapers”.  Relative to toddlers, children aged 8 are more capable and conscientious of their actions.  However, they are barely halfway through elementary … Continue reading Safe, Kid-Friendly Alternatives to Google, YouTube, and Beyond

5 Reasons Why K-12 Schools Are Abandoning Web Filtering Appliances

Until recently, K-12 web filtering has been dominated by hardware solutions. Prior to the enactment of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) nearly 15 years ago, schools had little need or opportunity to change a system that was considered to be acceptable and the norm. However, given the shift towards cloud computing in the last … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why K-12 Schools Are Abandoning Web Filtering Appliances

Bullying and Self-Harm Detection

A big reason school IT Admins are drawn to Securly is our industry-first "Bullying and Self-Harm Detection". This technology promises to keep students safe on social media by analyzing their posts and alerting school officials of incidents such as cyber-bullying, self-harm, and grief. In theory it sounds quite powerful, but how does our technology work, and more importantly, … Continue reading Bullying and Self-Harm Detection