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We are evaluating our site filtering policy. We use an iboss appliance which blocks based on site categories. We block security and adult oriented categories for obvious reasons. Other categories are blocked for various reasons, but most are blocked because history has shown that many students have difficulty managing time and resources. For example, Games and Friendship (Social networks) are blocked.

With smartphones and tablets providing unrestricted access to the Internet, we are wondering if our current level of filtering needs to be adjusted.

What is your school's policy on filtering? Please include your grade levels and school type.

- McCallie is a Day/Boarding school with grades 6-12.

Thanks,
Robert

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Robert Wilson, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN
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Williston
Day 7-8
Day/boarding 9-PG
filter only the "bad stuff"(porn,gambling,hate speech,etc)


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ISA is a k-12 day school, we block porn, gambling, and spam/phishing, and almost nothing else.  We recognize that kids have 3G devices and no filtering at home, so we try to teach responsibility instead of enforcing it.  I also do two Internet safety sessions per year for parents (one for k-5, one for 6-12) to help them keep their kids safe and help them understand our rationale.
Warren

On Friday, July 26, 2013, Lorenzatti, Joseph wrote:
Williston
Day 7-8
Day/boarding 9-PG
filter only the "bad stuff"(porn,gambling,hate speech,etc)


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Thanks for the responses. They are most helpful.

Robert



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