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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How to Easily Decrypt SSL on Any Device

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Hate setting up proxy servers, trust certificates, or PAC files for SSL decryption? You’re not alone; SSL decryption is a time-consuming, costly process.

Unfortunately, schools can’t afford to not get full reporting on HTTPS traffic. More than half of all websites are encrypted, including Google and YouTube. It’s critical for schools to decrypt this traffic in order to set filtering policies and get accurate reports on student activity.

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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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Who’s Winning the Device Wars? Here’s Our Take

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The device wars are heating up in education. On Tuesday, Apple announced its new iPad, complete with Apple Pencil support and a special discount for schools. Almost simultaneously, Acer announced its first Chrome OS tablet. Recent reports show that Microsoft devices are on the rise in education, too.

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Parents Want to Know What Their Kids Are Doing Online. Here’s How to Keep Them Informed

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Happy new year from Lightspeed Systems! It’s just the beginning of 2018 and we’re ready to share a major new feature release in Relay.

Many schools we work with express a need to send parents high-level student activity reports — but they want to make it easy, too. With some other solutions, generating reports for parents can be a time-consuming task; although making this data available to parents is important, it can detract from IT’s other, day-to-day responsibilities. We’ve solved that problem, giving you the ability to give your parents information without overloading your busy staff

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Keeping YouTube Safe: How to Ensure Your Students Get the Best Content (And Not the Rest)

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YouTube has long been a challenge for K-12 learning. Despite the endless educational content that is beneficial for a K-12 learning environment, there lurks a threat of inappropriate videos that range from mildly distracting to bizarre and very disturbing.

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We Analyzed Thousands of Student Web Searches About Suicide. Here’s What We Learned

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In our day-to-day work at Lightspeed Systems, we’ve seen how a deeper understanding of user behavior can lead to life-saving interventions, particularly for students dealing with mental health challenges.

We recently released a detailed report on cyberbullying trends based on a survey of parents and IT professionals in the K-12 community. We learned that cyberbullying is on the rise, and many agreed that an increase in young people’s access to technology has played a key role in the problem.

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