At Winooski, I would say we are at B. We use an 8e6 appliance which does all of the filtering. We block all pornography, video and music streaming (mostly to limit the bandwidth), facebook, youtube, etc. Teachers have their own Internet Override account to get into any web page except for pornography.
At Milton, I would say that we are somewhere between A & B (closer to B),
dependant upon the user being filtered.
We use Smartfilter (now by McAfee) on top of an ISA server. This gives us
the capability to filter by user and thus we have different filtering
packages for staff, high/middle school and elementary school students. We
choose the categories that we desire to filter (and there are many to
choose from) and we download a list every night that updates the sites
which fall into these categories.
Although we block image search engines (because we are not able to control
the image thumbnails which are returned) we have created a solution for
users to do Google image searches. This is done by restricting them from
being able to change the preferences. Thus, we are relying upon Google's
filter to keep inappropriate thumbnails from being returned in the search.
Fred Wadlington, Systems Administrator
Milton Town School District
(802) 893-3210 x1114
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> on
Thursday, February 04, 2010 at 10:42 AM -0500 wrote:__________________________________________________________________
>Please respond to the list, so everyone can share in the information
>A. We have a high level of filtering in place (extensive blacklist
>subscriptions, additional extensive blacklist entries maintained by the
>school, aggressive weighted phrasing scores, blocking pictures & ads,
>B. We have a medium level of filtering in place (blacklist
>subscriptions, or preconfigured hardware appliances, etc.)
>C. We have a minimum level of filtering in place (minimum blacklists,
>little to no weighted phrasing scores, or the least amount of filtering
>we interrupt we need to meet CIPA requirements)
>D. No filtering in place at all
>E. Other (something entirely different, or a combination of the above,
>etc.) Please take a moment to briefly share what you’re doing.
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