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

4 Ways for Parents to Keep Kids Safe on YouTube

YouTube celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year. According to comScore, it is the top online video content website, with over 152 million unique monthly viewers. Offering diverse content (everything from Video Games to Health & Beauty and Japanese cats), YouTube appeals to many different audiences – especially kids. In both schools and homes, it … Continue reading 4 Ways for Parents to Keep Kids Safe on YouTube

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

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