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3 reasons to monitor content alongside filtering

3 reasons to monitor content alongside filtering

4th October 2017

Although using an internet filtering system may seem like enough to ensure students’ safety online, is it? In order to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act, also known as CIPA, school districts are also required to monitor content accessed by students and create a dedicated internet safety policy. Going beyond just blocking inappropriate content, a perfect combination is content monitoring and filtering. Here’s 3 reasons why you should monitor content alongside filtering:

Filters can be bypassed

Proxies, VPNs or Tor Networks –  if you’re not an IT expert, these are all things your tech-savvy students might use to bypass your web filtering solutions. As well as opening themselves up to a world of online dangers, it also puts the school network at risk. Using a monitoring solution alongside a filtering system can detect students who are accessing inappropriate websites, including gaming sites or even pornography, so that intervention can take place as an incident occurs.

Keep vulnerable students safe

Using an internet filtering system school districts are protecting their students from voluntarily, or involuntarily, accessing any inappropriate or illegal content online. This does not, however, help to monitor content that students are accessing online. Using keyword detection school districts can easily keep track of students’ performance, as well as general well-being. If searches regarding online dangers or safeguarding risks are blocked then schools cannot provide support to students when they need it most. Find out why you shouldn’t just block it out in this short video story here.

Encourages good digital citizens

By simply filtering content, students are not given the opportunity to discuss the online safety issues regarding the content they are trying to access. When monitoring content in real time, a dialogue can be opened up with the student, so that they can be made aware of the dangers and young people can be taught to be good digital citizens online. Teaching students about online dangers, whether that be through this dialogue or through dedicated digital citizenship classes, can help to support your school district’s internet safety policy.

Using Impero Education Pro to monitor content

Our cross-platform solution provides remote monitoring and live thumbnail views of your school devices from a single location. Our keyword detection solution helps to capture a number of online safety topics such as self-harm, bullying, sexual assault and many more, helping you respond to these online dangers as and when they occur.

Learn more about how Impero Education Pro can help you monitor content accessed by your students in a demonstration here.

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