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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7 Things to Consider Before Choosing a Chromebook Filter

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It’s no secret that Google Chromebooks dominate one-to-one digital learning in K-12, given their low cost, ease of use and many other factors key to education.

But Chromebooks need more to work for K-12, and advanced content filtering and device management are essential components to maximizing the ROI on your devices.

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5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Our URL Database & Web Filter

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In a recent blog post, we talked about how the Lightspeed Systems Web Filter’s URL database works, including how content is categorized. We published this because Lightspeed believes in total transparency. Transparency is also why our Web Filter’s URL database is available to the public. (This database also categorizes websites in new Relay for Chrome.) With the Dynamic Database Lookup tool, anyone can search a URL; see how it is categorized and why; and submit a website for review and recategorization if they believe it has been miscategorized.

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7 Ways to Get More From School Chromebooks

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My kids are fortunate to be part of a tech-forward district with, among other things, a 1:1 Chromebook initiative. I hear their stories of how the Chromebooks are integrated into lessons in class throughout the day. My middle schooler is even able to bring her Chromebook home at night. I know this access has given them new skills and new ways of learning and I’ve seen first-hand how it has advanced their engagement and  ability to use technology in meaningful and persuasive ways. (When we try to decide where to order take-out dinner, they often create presentations with Google Slides to persuade me to their choice ☺)

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3 Things to Know for July

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1. The Web Filter 3 general release is here.
And if you’re a Web Filter customer, you need to get your complimentary upgrade! Go here to get version 3 documentation and upgrade instructions, watch the replay of our webinar, take a course, and much more.

2. Here’s the answer to your No. 1 support question.
Now that the general release is available, some customers have asked if it’s possible to continue using their old user agents. Most user agents will still work with version 3. Most user agents will still work with version 3. For Windows, you need to move from the PC User Agent to the LMA (Lightspeed Management Agent), which uses the latest security protocols. Learn more here.

3. What do customers think about the Management Bundle for Windows?
We recently caught up with the staff at Roselle Park School District in New Jersey to learn about their experience with our Management Bundle for Windows. Watch the video here. Then, ask for a personalized demo of the Management Bundle for Windows or new Bundle for Chrome.

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