Well, count us as foolish, I guess. We do have a Fortigate, though, and
there are a couple of ways to get it done with that. If the device is a
PC, you can use the Forticlient. For other devices (we're going 1:1 with
Chromebooks), you could set it up as a proxy server, and if you can
enforce the use of it, you can filter just as effectively off campus as
on. I tested it, it seemed to work, but was a pain in the neck if you
want to secure the proxy server somehow. If you wanted to leave it as an
open proxy server, and figure the whole world won't bother to use it even
if they find it, because its filtering content, then it was perfectly
transparent to the user.
I suppose I should add that the firmware on the Fortinet is currently
version 4, not the latest, because the thing has been maxed out on CPU
utiization, and I didn't want to introduce anything that was probably more
feature rich, but perhaps used more cycles as a result. I'm buying a
faster one this summer. So maybe it's even better now.
In the end, we're planning on holding parent information sessions, and the
kids won't get to take the machines home until their parents have come in
to a meeting and heard from us what we consider their responsibility in
this venture to be, and the Principal decided that was enough.
Brattleboro Union High School District # 6
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>Hi, our goal here is to have content filtering available on devices that
>go home with students for 1:1. There are several options including apps,
>appliances, cloud solutions, etc.
>Are any schools providing this currently, or is this considered the
>responsibility of parents? I think the latter is somewhat foolish, given
>that we know parents are generally not capable of modifying router
>settings on home internet, or to keeping an eye on what students are
>doing on their devices at all times. If there is a problem, the school
>will likely be blamed, as it is providing the device.
>We are considering the Fortiguard/Fortinet platform for UTM/Content
>Filtering or the Sophos product. Any thoughts, and who is doing what?
>Craig Donnan, MA
>Washington West Supervisory Union
>340 Mad River Park, Suite 7
>Waitsfield, VT 05673
>[ tel:802-496-2272%20x120 ]802-496-2272 x120
>fax: [ tel:802-496-6515 ]802-496-6515
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