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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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Securly & GoGuardian: Why We Went Public About Their Inability to Block Porn

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Our announcement that GoGuardian and Securly failed to block more than half of the pornographic web sites we tested has clearly struck a nerve. (See here.)

We think blocking access to pornography is the most fundamental thing a web filter should do, and stand by our claims and concerns. We’ve also heard from many schools that share those concerns, tested their filters, and were shocked at the results.

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3 Things I Learned During a Summer at Lightspeed Systems

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Today, July 26, is the inaugural National Intern Day. I want to celebrate by talking about my amazing experience this summer: interning at Lightspeed Systems.

I got to spend eight weeks in Austin, Texas, working with great people for a company that is making an amazing impact in education. Lightspeed Systems is revolutionizing the way schools monitor and protect students, at school and at home.

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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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