How Relay Keeps Students Safer

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Web filtering in today’s schools is about more than blocking and allowing web sites; it’s also about keeping students safe — from inappropriate content as well as from things like bullying and self-harm — while still allowing the learning and collaboration mobile technology brings. Relay is a smarter filter that keeps students safer.

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5 Tips to Boost Cybersecurity in Your School

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. For K-12, it’s a good time to reflect on your efforts to protect your network and educate students on the importance of cybersecurity. When students and staff are online, they’re vulnerable to cybercriminals stealing data, passwords, and much more.

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4 Reasons Relay Reports Rock

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In a recent customer survey, we asked the question, “What do you like most about Lightspeed Systems?” One of the top answers was our products’ reporting.

We’ve continued to optimize the reporting in Relay to bring you the best experience. Whether you have 100 students or 100,000, your filter reports need to be intuitive, detailed, and able to surface critical student web activity.

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Why Securly’s Response Showcases Its Limitations

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Lightspeed Systems has provided content filtering software to K-12 schools for 20 years. In this time, we have not disparaged other solutions.

Recently, we became aware of fundamental issues with the way Securly and GoGuardian Admin block and allow content, particularly pornography. We decided we must make this information known to school districts who rely on them for CIPA compliance and student safety.

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Lightspeed, GoGuardian & CIPA: What You Need to Know

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School web filters are responsible for keeping students from a variety of inappropriate and harmful content. One of the most basic functions of a school web filter is blocking pornography.

Lightspeed customers likely know that, in addition to violating the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), giving students access to pornography can have lasting consequences to their mental and physical health. Myriad studies (learn more here and here) show children who consume explicit sexual content have an increased likelihood of:

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This Competing School Filter Blocks Only 40 Percent of Pornographic Websites

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There’s been some disparaging content about “URL-based filtering” lately – suggesting that it isn’t able to effectively block without over-blocking. At Lightspeed Systems, we understand that while educational content shouldn’t be over-blocked, adult content shouldn’t be under-blocked, either. Schools need to maintain that fine balance – and Lightspeed Systems has built the technology that delivers the balance schools need.

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Join the Filtering Revolution! Get Relay for Every OS Now

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After months of testing, pilot studies, and rigorous feedback processes, Relay‘s Smart Agents are here! We’re happy to announce Smart Agents for Windows, Mac and iOS are in general release.

This means you can deploy Smart Agents to your Windows, Mac, iOS and Chrome devices now. The best part? Because Relay lives in the cloud, school districts can set it up quickly — in as few as 15 minutes.

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Thinking About Cloud Filtering? 10 Things You Need to Know About Switching From Hardware

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Have you thought about cloud filtering? 94% of school districts surveyed in COSN’s Annual Infrastructure Survey say they leverage some type of cloud-based software system. With the popularity of cloud-based LMSes such as Google Classroom and the widespread adoption of Chromebooks for one-to-one deployments, schools are increasingly reliant on cloud-based systems to power learning.

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Your Biggest Questions About Relay’s Smart Agents, Answered

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We’ve just announced our new Smart Agents for Mac and Windows, making our cloud filter, Relay, a smart solution that goes way beyond Chromebooks. Filtering a Chromebook is pretty straightforward since it’s tied into G Suite and filtering the device primarily comes down to filtering a browser. Filtering Windows and Mac machines is more complicated. Here are answers to the most common questions we get about our new Smart Agents for Mac and Windows.

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What’s So Smart About Smart Agents?

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Smart Agents power Relay’s multi-OS content filtering. But what makes Smart Agents so smart?

Self-Contained SSL Decryption
Decrypting SSL has been one of the top challenges for schools in web filtering. It involved setting up a trusted-man-in-the-middle proxy server, creating PAC files, or managing trust certificates. Smart Agents do all that — on their own!

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