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Lightspeed Systems Most Effective Filtering Provider for CIPA Compliance, Student Safety

June 24, 2018

Comparison of Lightspeed Systems’ K-12 web filtering solutions and competing filter reveals shocking results.

AUSTIN, TX. — An analysis comparing popular K-12 school web filtering solutions by Lightspeed Systems and GoGuardian revealed that GoGuardian’s product blocked only 40 percent of pornographic websites.

Of 2,000 unambiguously pornographic websites randomly selected from the Lightspeed Systems database, 60 percent were not blocked by the GoGuardian Admin filter, an astonishing statistic considering the filter has been marketed as CIPA compliant.

Lightspeed Systems has published the detailed results of its study at lightspeedsystems.com/cipa. Lightspeed also invites schools to call its sales department at 877.447.6244 to obtain a list of explicit sites to add to their custom block lists. (Because there are so many new sites added to the web each day, Lightspeed cannot guarantee complete or ongoing safety with any filtering solution except its own.)

Lightspeed Systems has been in the business of filtering schools since 1999. It is the provider of two web filtering solutions used by 25,000 schools around the world: Web Filter and Relay. Lightspeed Systems’ filtering products are powered by its proprietary adaptive AI database, which combines advanced AI with a comprehensive database of more than 72 million websites and 100 million YouTube videos.

“At Lightspeed Systems, our top concerns are protecting students and delivering the solutions our customers need,” says Lightspeed Systems President and CEO Brian Thomas. “As a filtering provider, blocking explicit content is core to our mission. It’s disappointing to see another filter, like GoGuardian Admin, allowing these sites, which research shows are damaging to children.”

The cloud-based Relay, released last year, eliminates the need for multiple systems to filter, monitor and manage all those devices with features for granular user activity reporting; content filtering, including social media and SSL sites, with flexible policies; real-time suspicious activity alerts; and geolocation for lost and stolen devices. And all of these tools are available in a single, streamlined UI.

Relay’s innovative design gives the ability to filter and monitor any device OS by deploying Lightspeed Systems Smart Agents. Relay also includes such features as:
• Simple SSL filtering — filter SSL sites like Google and YouTube without having to use proxies, PAC files or trust certificates
• Parent Report Generator — upload a simple CSV file of parent email addresses to automate the delivery of student device activity reports to their parents’ inboxes
• Lockouts — lock students out of internet access if they attempt to access too many blocked sites in succession
• Smart Play — the game-changing YouTube management feature that allows students to access nearly 100 million educational videos (and none of the bad stuff)

To learn more about how Lightspeed Systems filtering solutions stack up to the competition’s, visit lightspeedsystems.com/cipa.

About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems partners with schools to make learning safe, mobile and easily managed. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 25,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated solutions for smarter K-12 school networks: Relay, Web Filter, Mobile Manager, and Classroom. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.