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Filtering SSL & Google Services: Your Newest Options

Every time we talk to or survey schools, we hear SSL is a top challenge. Schools want to filter by individual YouTube videos, report on Google search terms or block inappropriate Google images — but doing that with a traditional filter

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How to Stop Students from Bypassing Your School’s Web Filter

Learn the common ways students bypass a school's web filter and the steps your school can take to block web filter workarounds.

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Got Chromebooks? This Is the Best Way to Manage Internet Access After School

Differentiating your internet access policies is a must when you’re filtering K-12 schools. In a recent Lightspeed Systems community poll, 66 percent of K-12 IT teams said they differentiate policies for teachers and students. Customizing policies by students versus teachers is a great

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Block YouTube for Students? Here Are 7 More Reasons to Try Smart Play

Recently, we asked our community of customers this big question: What new feature would you like to see from Lightspeed? Here’s a sample of the responses we got: “A way to filter YouTube content to allow appropriate videos/channels without allowing everything.” —Valerie

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8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Chromebook Filter for K-12

Google Chromebooks continue to dominate one-to-one digital learning in K-12 thanks to their low cost, ease of use, and collaborative abilities. With a lot of schools already using Google’s Classroom suite, Chromebooks are a natural fit for students.  But while

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

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

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How to Protect Your Students From New Websites

Our Web Filter‘s AI Adaptive Database is the most accurate, comprehensive website database of any other filter, with 72 million URLs organized into 137 education-specific categories. We accomplish these categorizations using a combination of human reviewers, a machine-learning robot army that crawls the web, and our network of

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What Your Suspicious Activity Reports Should Be Telling You

When you’re checking out a new content filtering solution, its marketing materials will probably boast about the filter’s advanced reporting. But the truth is the reporting capabilities of web filter solutions — especially those built for enterprise rather than schools