Lightspeed Systems® – Leader in Online School Safety Software – Launches Portal Giving Parents an Inside Look at Student’s Online Activity

New Lightspeed Parent Portal Provides Automated Activity Summaries on School-Issued Devices, Helping Parents Protect Their Child’s Online Safety

Austin, Texas, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems (Lightspeed), the leading K-12 online safety and analytics platform, is debuting a new Parent Portal to help parents monitor their child’s online activity on school-issued devices.

Research shows that effective home-school communication can improve educational outcomes.  The Lightspeed Parent Portal, available now and included free with the Lightspeed Systems web filter, makes it easy for busy parents to keep track of their child’s internet activity. Overwhelmed parents who are juggling their own work responsibilities while also overseeing their child’s remote learning can gain access to the portal anytime, ensuring their kids are staying on task with their studies. If enabled by the school, the software can also send students’ weekly online activity summaries that recap when the web is being used, top sites visited, top searches, and more. This ensures parents will always have a record of their child’s home internet activity and helps make certain they are safe and focused on learning.

“Parents have been placed in an unprecedented situation where they are catapulted into balancing their own jobs with duties as home teachers,” said Brian Thomas, President & CEO, Lightspeed Systems. “Lightspeed’s Parent Portal meets the needs of already overwhelmed parents to have information on their child’s cyber activity and insight into how they’re spending time online. Parents can even pause internet access on the device to maintain healthy screen time.”

Lightspeed Systems solutions are used in schools worldwide. The platform offers management, monitoring, protection, and analysis on any device, anywhere, for a truly comprehensive solution. For more information, visit lightspeedsystems.com.

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About Lightspeed Systems

Headquartered in Austin, Texas (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed Systems is the leading online safety and analytics platform for schools. Lightspeed uses advanced AI to monitor and analyze activity across the web for signs of self-harm, suicide, cyberbullying, and other inappropriate behaviors. When a potential threat is spotted, real-time alerts are sent to designated personnel, providing screenshots and other important information to drive appropriate intervention. Lightspeed is dedicated to helping schools worldwide provide a safe, mobile and manageable learning environment. Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries and 28,000 schools globally, including 6,500 school districts in the United States.

To learn more, visit lightspeedsystems.com.

Ida Yenney KCPR for Lightspeed Systems
idayenney@gmail.com


				

Kentucky Department of Education Expands Partnership with Lightspeed Systems to Keep Remote Learners Safe Online

Statewide Partnership Brings Lightspeed Systems Cloud Filtering Solution to 171 K-12 Public School Districts in Kentucky

Austin, TX, Aug. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems™ (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), creator of the leading K-12 online safety and analytics solutions, today announced a groundbreaking, statewide partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education to implement their cloud-based Filter statewide across K-12 public schools. Through the partnership, the Lightspeed Filter will be available to almost a million students, teachers, and administrators across the state of Kentucky.

“With the transition to remote learning, we have a responsibility to provide schools with the most advanced tools available to keep students safe while using devices at home,” said Chuck Austin, product manager for the Kentucky Department of Education. “Since the onset of the pandemic, Lightspeed has been a valuable partner in making sure that wherever a student or teacher is working from, there is a protective measure in place that allows safe and secure computing.”

The Lightspeed Filter, which pairs more than 20 years of experience mapping and understanding the behavior of students online with a comprehensive solution for web filtering, protects and reports on student activity through a cloud-based platform that supports every device, any OS, on and off campus.

Data available through the platform includes student engagement and activity by day of week, including how much of that activity is educational in nature; real-time Safety Check alerts on students exhibiting concerning behavior such as bullying, self-harm, and suicide; and even Parent Reports.

The Lightspeed platform provides the greatest protection and Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliance with its granular controls, powerful YouTube filtering for safe use of video in education, comprehensive AI database, and patented Smart Agent technology that provides hassle-free SSL decryption.

The Kentucky Department of Education is ensuring ongoing safety, compliance, and reporting through distance, blended, and on-campus learning by shifting from the on-premise filtering appliances to the Lightspeed Systems cloud-based filtering platform. The new solution will ensure seamless protection for the students of Kentucky wherever learning takes place. The shift comes as the COVID pandemic requires the State to ensure safe computing environments for all students, teachers, and staff reglardless of where they are working, teaching, or learning from.

“We’ve been a proud partner of the Kentucky Department of Education for more than five years and support their efforts to ensure that through these difficult times, every K-12 student has safe access to the internet with our latest solutions,” said Brian Thomas, President of Lightspeed Systems. “It is crucial that schools ensure their 1:1 device programs are safe and effective for students, and we look forward to working with the schools across Kentucky as they maintain educational continuity over the next months.”

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems provides an integrated platform for filtering, management, monitoring, and reporting on student safety and device activity. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Honored with Two Awards of Excellence from Tech & Learning Magazine for Filtering and Analytics Solutions

Austin, TX, July 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading education technology solutions provider, Lightspeed Systems® (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), was announced as a winner in the 2020 Awards of Excellence contest by Tech & Learning, which honors outstanding ed-tech products each year. Lightspeed was recognized in two categories: Best in Software for Filter and Best in Enterprise Solution for Analytics.

Lightspeed Systems has been a leader in digital student safety for over 20 years and continues to provide innovative solutions to meet the unique, evolving needs of schools. As districts faced closures in the spring, Lightspeed’s Filter and Analytics became critical tools for distance learning safety and visibility.

The Company’s market-leading Filter uses revolutionary, cloud-based Smart Agent technology to create a safe digital learning environment for students on and off campus. Filter provides comprehensive user reports, YouTube and social media controls, and real-time safety monitoring and alerts.

Analytics, Lightspeed’s latest solution, provides districts with valuable data insights into app user trends, app privacy policy compliance, and ed-tech ROI. Remote reporting from Analytics became an essential for distance learning visibility in order to improve professional development, drive engagement, protect student data from rogue apps, and measure the efficacy of a new digital learning environment.

“A safe, effective distance learning plan is essential right now, and we’re honored to be recognized by Tech & Learning for our solutions that have helped schools solve new digital learning challenges, make data-driven decisions, and most importantly – protect students,” shares Eileen Shihadeh, Chief Marketing Officer at Lightspeed Systems.

In addition to Filter and Analytics, the Company also provides mobile device management and classroom management tools as part of their all-in-one platform designed for the security and scalability of school technology initiatives.

About Lightspeed Systems
For over 20 years, Lightspeed Systems has built smart solutions to the challenges schools face when implementing technology. Partnered with 6,500 districts in the United States and 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed protects over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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Eileen Shihadeh
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2477
eshihadeh@lightspeedsystems.com


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Lightspeed Systems Appoints Amy Bennett to Chief of Staff Role

New role within senior leadership team to drive agility amidst rapid growth

Austin, TX, June 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ed-tech industry leader Lightspeed Systems® (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”) today announced the appointment of industry and Lightspeed veteran Amy Bennett to the newly created role of Chief of Staff. In this role, Ms. Bennett will lead internal communication and facilitate cross-departmental collaboration in order to drive efficiency during this period of rapid growth within the Company.

Ms. Bennett has been with Lightspeed Systems for 11 years, most recently in the role of VP Marketing, and has more than 25 years of experience in the education technology industry. The depth of knowledge and experience she brings to the role of Chief of Staff will allow her to support all executives and departments in fulfilling the Company’s mission of helping schools and protecting students.

The Company has recently added three industry leaders to its leadership team: Eileen Shihadeh in the role of Chief Marketing Officer (June 2020); Learie Hercules as VP of Data and Analytics (March 2020); and Kirk Orgeldinger as CFO/COO (September 2019). The newly created role of Chief of Staff will bring increased efficiency and effectiveness across those, and other, senior leadership functions.

“We’re growing quickly, building new solutions, adding new employees, and partnering with more schools to keep their 1:1 programs safe and effective,” said Brian Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Lightspeed Systems. “The experience Amy brings to this new role will allow us to maximize all of our resources and efforts across the company.”

The Company’s market-leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform, Relay, provides student safety, device management, filtering, reporting and analytics to thousands of districts and millions of students around the world. The recent rapid adoption of distance learning, as well as the continuous addition of new functionalty to the platform, has greatly accelerated the Company’s growth.

“Lightspeed has remained an industry leader for decades by moving quickly, adapting to change, and developing innovative solutions to complex problems. Schools need that kind of partnership now more than ever. I’m excited to help Lightspeed Systems continue to lead and innovate in my new role as Chief of Staff,” shared Amy Bennett.

Ms. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


Lightspeed Systems Adds Eileen Shihadeh in Newly Created Chief Marketing Officer Role

Expansion of Leadership Team with Industry Veteran to Accelerate Growth

Austin, TX, June 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lightspeed Systems® (“Lightspeed” or “the Company”), creator of leading K12 online safety and analytics platform Relay, has appointed Eileen Shihadeh to the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer. Ms. Shihadeh will partner with the product and sales teams to lead the marketing, brand strategy, and demand generation efforts globally for Lightspeed, with a focus on furthering the company’s position as a market leader and innovator.

“Schools and students are dealing with unprecedented challenges, and we offer solutions that can help them ensure students are engaged and remote learning is safe,” said Brian Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Lightspeed Systems. “Eileen has the industry experience to understand the value Lightspeed brings to customers, and the vision to reach more schools around the world.”

“I believe K-12 education is at an inflection point, and I’m thrilled to join Lightspeed at a time when we as a company have a unique opportunity to leverage our technology and expertise and partner with educators to help design the future of education,” said Shihadeh.

Ms. Shihadeh brings more than 20 years of experience in the education technology industry. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Ms. Shihadeh was the Chief Marketing Officer at Raptor Technologies, a leading provider of campus safety solutions, where she built the sales and marketing organization and drove accelerated growth and market share expansion. Prior to Raptor Technologies, she held leadership roles at education companies including Odysseyware, CompassLearning, and eInstruction. This deep background in education, technology , and student safety will allow Ms. Shihadeh to immediately contribute to the rapid growth at Lightspeed Systems and further enable the Company to protect more students around the world.

Along with this shift, Amy Bennett, previously Vice President of Marketing at Lightspeed Systems, will move into a new role within the Company as Chief of Staff, where she will help the growing leadship team execute more effectively and efficiently.

Lightspeed Systems is poised for continued growth with its expanded leadership team. Ms. Shihadeh is the third recent addition to the Company leadership team. Kirk Orgeldinger joined as CFO/COO in September, 2019; Learie Hercules joined as VP of Data and Analytics in March, 2020.

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 28,000 schools around the world, Lightspeed Systems offers integrated filtering, management, monitoring, and protection for schools through its groundbreaking platform, Relay. Headquartered in Austin, TX (with offices in Portland and the U.K.), Lightspeed serves over 15 million students in 35 countries. To learn more, visit https://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

Amy Bennett
Lightspeed Systems
737.205.2453
abennett@lightspeedsystems.com


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