The most effective web filtering solution
For CIPA, schools are required to implement a web filtering solution that blocks obscene material. Not all web filtering solutions are created equal in this regard. Due to its comprehensive database, advanced AI technology, and powerful filtering features, Lightspeed Systems web filtering solutions are the most effective at blocking pornography and other harmful content, ensuring CIPA compliance on every device.
Ensures CIPA Compliance
By effectively blocking obscene material on any device, even school-owned mobile devices used off the school network, Lightspeed Systems helps schools ensure compliance with CIPA and other student internet safety regulations.
Blocks Pornography & Dangerous Content
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:
Engaging in high-risk sex (e.g., unprotected sex, multiple sexual partners, use of drugs or alcohol before sex)
Perpetrating, and being victim of, sexual violence
Anxiety and depression
Lightspeed Systems effectively blocks this harmful content, protecting students. In addition to pornography and obscene material, Lightspeed filtering solutions effectively protect against malware, extremist propaganda, pro-eating disorder sites, and other threats. With Lightspeed, your network and students are holistically protected from danger.
Beats the Competition
We conducted tests of CIPA compliance across other filters and discovered that some popular school web filters can’t effectively block pornographic sites, putting CIPA compliance and student safety at risk.
CIPA Compliance Test Results
Of more than 3,200 unambiguously pornographic sites we tested (randomly pulled from our database of more than 300,000 pornographic domains), other filters allowed 60% or more, while Lightspeed Systems blocked them all.
When pornographic sites are blocked, many were fully visible for up to 20 seconds before eventually being blocked. Results were slow and inconsistent. We block before they load.
Tools that promised to review unknown sites and then categorize them still allowed the same pornographic sites we tested days later. We process unknowns within minutes.
Pornographic thumbnails and featured channel images in YouTube were not blocked by other filters. Lightspeed blocks these inappropriate images, even in YouTube.
Backed by an Unrivaled Database
Lightspeed’s Social Media controls let schools block social media sites, allow social media sites, or allow them as read-only – and these settings can vary by age or group or user so it’s easy to get just the right controls for the right people. Plus, social media activity is continuously scanned and inappropriate content is flagged and alerted on.
Leverages AI, Robots, and Humans
Robust filtering requires a mature, comprehensive and accurate database; machine-learning AI; robot crawlers; and human review. These four components work together to make the most appropriate decisions about what should be allowed and blocked in schools and to keep the database constantly up to date.
Reads Multimedia and Foreign Languages
Lightspeed’s filtering solution accurately categorizes images, videos, and foreign languages to more effectively protect students and ensure CIPA compliance.
Blocks Unknown Sites
Some other filters can’t block unknown traffic; their databases simply aren’t big enough, so blocking unknown content would lead to over-blocking. Lightspeed Systems can block unknown content because our database is so vast. Also, we typically categorize new sites within hours, so unknown content isn’t unknown for long.
Includes Real-time Safety Alerts
In addition to blocking dangerous content with our powerful database and policies, Lightspeed provides real-time alerts and reporting on dangerous activity.
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With Lightspeed you can:
Filter on and off-campus
Decrypt SSL without proxy
Manage Win, Mac, iOS, Chrome devices
Delegate administration and policies
Allow teachers to monitor in real-time
Protect from cyberbullying and self-harm
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