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Web Filtering at Home

  • 1.  Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 7 days ago

    I'm working to understand the reasoning and technology being used to filter district issued Chromebooks at home.   Are you filtering at home?  If yes, what tools are you using to filter?  Either way, how have you settled on either filtering or not filtering?

    I appreciate your input.

    Thanks, Andrew

    Andrew Moore
    Boulder Valley School District
    Boulder CO
    (720) 561-5050

  • 2.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago

    Hi Andrew – When at District 214, we made the decision not to filter iPads at home. We are all high schools and it was our philosophy to teach good digital stewardship. Our board was in full support. There were some instances of inappropriate behavior that was taken care of with consequences.


    This really depends on the philosophy of the individual district and what their legal counsel advises.


    Securly is one application that is widely used for filtering at home.







    Keith A. Bockwoldt, CETL

    Chief Information Officer

    Hinsdale High School District 86

    5500 S. Grant Street

    Hinsdale, Il 60521




  • 3.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago
    We use Global Protect as a VPN for all grades 3-12 students who have 1:1 devices.

    Robin Gardner
    Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator
    Arlington Public Schools (VA)
    Arlington VA
    (703) 228-8516

  • 4.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago
    I'm extremely interested as to how this is working out for you? We are exploring going down the same path. What clients are you using and are you able to enforce this so it's seamless for the user?

    Kyle Hancock
    Director of Technology
    Hudson School District
    Hudson NH
    (603) 883-7765

  • 5.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago
    We route all Chrome traffic through a proxy service (State provided ZScaler).  This works seamlessly.

    But now, our students are downloading VPN Chrome Apps, and they seem to be making new ones faster than we can block them.  So, we may have to abandon our "Block List" strategy in favor of a more restrictive "Allow List" approach to Chrome Apps.

    Todd E. Jones
    Chief Technology Officer
    Orange County Schools
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  • 6.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 5 days ago
    For everyone lamenting the proliferation of VPN apps/extensions for Chrome, we converted from blacklist to whitelist (for students) approximately a year ago and despite initial concerns the impact has been minimal.

    James Watson
    Security Administrator
    Leander ISD
    Leander TX
    (512) 570-0517

  • 7.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 5 days ago
    That's our inclination as well, although I expect a bit of an outcry among proponents of a more open learning environment.

    I respect that point of view, but it does not provide any solution for protecting students as our internal policies require.

    Todd E. Jones
    Chief Technology Officer
    Orange County Schools
    500 Orange High School Road
    Hillsborough, NC   27278
    office: (919) 245-4100  X15001
    mobile: (919) 245-1709

  • 8.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 2 days ago

    I agree we use a whitelist for the Chrome web store and it has minimal impact on students. We use a similar approach with our on-premises firewall by using application whitelisting.


    For the original question, we do filter offsite student Chromebooks, grades 5-12, using GoGuardian. Additionally, we review the student activity each morning and report safety and security violations to administration.


    Thank you,


    Marshal Graham

    Technology Director


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  • 9.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 4 days ago

    We filter district/school purchased Chromebooks at school and off campus using iBoss.

  • 10.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago
    We do filter at student homes.  We use the Google Admin console to ensure all Chromebooks authenticate through our filtering system.

    There is a community expectation that we protect our students use of technology 24/7.  We have found it's easy to honor that with Chromebooks, although the proliferation of VPN Chrome Apps is making us consider the use of an allow list, rather than our current more opened ended policy of a block list.

    Todd Jones
    Chief of Technology
    Orange County Schools
    Hillsborough NC
    (919) 245-4100 (15001)

  • 11.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago

    I should have specified that we are an Apple platform, iPads for 3-8 and MacBook Airs for 9-12


    Robin Gardner, CETL
    Senior Instructional Technology Coordinator

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  • 12.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 5 days ago
    We use our iBoss filter through an extension on student take home devices.

    Kelly May-Vollmar, Ed.D.

    Chief Innovation and Information Officer

    Desert Sands Unified School District

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  • 13.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago
    We filter our chromebooks at home.  This was a critical decision as we deployed our 1:1 program.  It gave parents at least some sense of accountability.  We teach good digital citizenship, too, but filtering everywhere just added an extra layer of confidence.

    We use Securly (Securly - The Student Safety Company) for all our filtering (all devices, both in school and at home).  It is very easy to manage and deploy.  It is simply a chrome extension that gets force-installed on each chromebook through the admin console.  I have seen no instances where it has been bypassed/disabled.  Very happy customer!

    Jason Carbaugh
    Technology Director
    Central Fulton School District
    (717) 485-7014

  • 14.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago
    Highline has a Chromebook take home initiative.  We are a district of nearly 20,000 students.  Our filtering approach, for home, has been first to instruct students on appropriate use and to also notify guardians of our approach.  We have family nights where we discuss appropriate use, location of use at home, family use of device, access to information, safety of students, security of information/devices with Q&A.  These events use resources from Central Office and the School.  We offer translation and we require guardian sign off on the take-home device.  We provide access to a Guidebook for guardians/students.  At these events, the Principal, our Director of Safety and Security and I speak to the instructional opportunity and family responsibility when a device is used at home.

    We only filter what CIPA truly requires, and that can be somewhat ambiguous, but this allows us to define parental and teacher responsibility.  We use a Responsible Use Agreement to turn the ownership over to families.  We outline that we cannot, ever, block all inappropriate material based on how fast and how disguised the content can be on any given day.  We do use GoGuardian to filter and use a onsite and offsite filtering selection.  In most cases, the filtering follows the onsite policy; however, schools can be more restrictive if families/administration choose to enforce tighter controls.  Nonetheless, filtering should be like device selection, allowing the selection to be the end user's role.  We support MacOS, iOS, WinOS, AndroidOS and ChromeOS in our district, by choice.

    Families are happy with our model.  Teachers instruct students with the understanding that students have agency in their use.  Yes, we have had some issues, but nothing difficult and families and school staff handle it together.  Typically these issues crop up when classroom management fails to succeed.  Appropriate Use-shouldn't that be defined better as Individual Responsibility?  At least, we follow this approach with our take home devices and it works for us.

    Mark Finstrom

    Chief Technology Officer

    Highline Public Schools


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  • 15.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago

    We are using iBoss to filter our MyTech devices off site, but that is not our onsite filtering, as we were unable to get it to filter offsite.



    Lisa Lund

    Senior Manager of Educational Technology

    Denver Public Schools

    (720) 423-1994







  • 16.  RE: Web Filtering at Home

    Posted 6 days ago
    Edited by Michael Flood 6 days ago
    You should definitely determine your district's interpretation of CIPA requirements. (consult legal counsel if needed).  Over the years, we have seen several different (conflicting) interpretations from different districts.  We do not endorse any of these interpretations, we simply help districts accomplish their goal:

    Example 1) We are responsible for filtering internet connections provided by the school/district, regardless of end-user device.
     - In this example they filter at school and any other school-network location.  They also filter on any school issued mobile broadband connection (like a hotspot or a school bus where students might connect on personal devices).

    Example 2) We are responsible for filtering on devices provided to the students by the school/district, regardless of network.
     - In this example they use a universal filtering client, proxy and/or VPN to force all traffic from the device to a filtering solution regardless of where they are connected (school, home, McDonald's, Starbucks, etc.).  It is important here to filter *all* traffic types, not just a "web-proxy" that only handles web-browser traffic.

    Example 3) We are responsible for filtering on all network connections provided by the school/district and on all devices provided by the school/district (both 1 and 2).
     - In this example they will have a device based filtering client that works regardless of network AND a network-based filter that works regardless of device.  This captures all school-provided, family-provided or 3rd-party-provided networks and devices whenever the school is providing one of the components.

    As Kajeet started off providing school-owned network connections off-campus (SmartSpot, SmartBus, embedded LTE devices) we chose to put the filter in the network path so the *connection* had filtering regardless of end user device (Example 2 above).  Thus a school provided SmartSpot could be used with a BYOD device or a parent's device, etc and the school-provided connection would still be filtered.

    Now that Kajeet is also providing an MDM, content management and device-based filtering solution, we also can handle Example 1 and Example 3.  It still requires a combination of both approaches (in-network and on-device) to be truly universal.

    I have intentionally avoided commenting on *what* should be filtered, as that is also left to local decision under CIPA.

    I hope this view helps!  We certainly see variety across the country!


    Michael Flood
    VP, Strategy @ Kajeet
    Board of Directors @ CoSN
    Raleigh, NC
    (678) 656-7512