Although the motives behind the Children´s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) – and subsequent state legislation relating to web filters for schools – were undoubtedly well-intentioned, some educational institutions have been reluctant to implement school web filtering software.
Some of the reasons for this reluctance are justified. Over-zealous web filters for schools can prevent students from accessing educational material and teenage support groups, while students from lower-income families without home Internet can suffer “digital deprivation” in an over-filtered environment.
It is sometimes the case that school web filtering software is to blame for an over-filtered environment. Depending on the nature of the solution, it may have a high maintenance overhead or lack the versatility to account for students of different ages studying a diverse range of subjects.
In these circumstances, it is easier for system administrators to apply the maximum security settings to ensure compliance with federal and state legislation. This is when the issues arise. Now, there is a solution from TitanHQ that can resolve these issues quickly and easily – WebTitan Cloud.
WebTitan Cloud Web Filters for Schools
WebTitan Cloud is cloud-based school web filtering software solution that is quick to implement and easy to configure. Being a cloud-based solution, there is no hardware to buy as all filtering takes place in the cloud and no technical skills are required to implement and configure the solution.
Once operational, WebTitan Cloud uses a three-tier mechanism to check each request to visit a website against its filtering parameters, providing the level of granularly web filters for schools should have in order to be effective in a multi-age, multi-cultural environment.
The filtering parameters can be set by age, by user, by class, or by year – and password protected – to ensure each student is able to access the educational and age-appropriate material they need to become digitally literate and in order to be able to seek help from support groups if required.
In addition to its versatility, WebTitan Cloud provides a secure barrier against online content prohibited by CIPA and protects networks and users´ devices against malware, adware, spyware and ransomware. Our school web filtering software also has safeguards to prevent students trying circumnavigate the filtering parameters. With WebTitan Cloud schools can:
- Block access to VPNs and proxy websites.
- Apply multilingual filter settings.
- Prevent access to cached website pages.
- Filter specific IP addresses.
School Web Filtering Software for Wireless Networks
For schools that provide a wireless network for students, WebTitan Cloud for WiFi is equally as versatile and secure. Our school web filtering software for wireless networks allows schools to control the content students can access from their mobile devices, and provides a deep analysis of network activity – right down to the online activity of each individual user.
In states where parents have the right to stipulate the level of Internet access their children can have at school, the versatility of WebTitan Cloud for WiFi prevents the scenario in which every child has to adhere to the wishes of the strictest parent. The deep level of oversight also helps to identify students who may be using the Internet inappropriately and who are subsequently vulnerable to online risks.
Our WiFi web filters for schools can be used to filter Internet content from a single hotspot or multiple hotspots. It protects users´ devices as well as the school´s network without affecting the speed at which web content is delivered. They also have a very useful bandwidth-restricting function that can prevent students consuming a school´s bandwidth by streaming sports, films and music videos.
Content filtering at school is one thing, but what happens when students leave the protection of the school? If your school issues Chromebooks to students and allows them to take the devices home, students can continue to be protected through WebTitan On-The-Go (OTG). WebTitan On-The-Go (OTG) is a roaming agent used with TitanHQ's WebTitan Cloud platform that allows filtering controls to be applied on devices that are not connected to the network. For students, that means filtering in the classroom, but also at home, or any other location where a student accesses the Internet. The roaming agent can be quickly and easily downloaded and installed on laptops as part of the WebTitan set up process.
Our school web filtering software for both fixed networks and wireless networks has been developed to be effective against online threats, compliant with federal and states laws, simple to use and is sufficiently versatile to resolve issues about preventing students from accessing educational material and teenage support groups. Now we invite you to test our web filters for schools for free.
Try Our Web Filters for Schools for Free
If your school has been reluctant to implement school web filtering software due to concerns about an over-filtered environment, we invite you to contact us and discuss your concerns. Our team of Sales Technicians will answer any questions you have about web filters for schools and invite you to have a free trial of WebTitan Cloud or WebTitan Cloud for WiFi - whichever is the most appropriate solution for your circumstances.
There are no set up costs to pay, no credit cards are required and there are no contracts to sign in order to take advantage of our offer. Our free trial is intended to give you the opportunity to evaluate the merits of school web filtering in your own environment and there is no obligation on you to continue using our service once the free trial has ended. Call us today and your school could be protecting your students from online dangers and inappropriate content within fifteen minutes.
What Schools Say About WebTitan
WebTitan is currently protecting 10 million students and 2.5 billion DNS requests a day with T-Mobile. The solution is much loved by schools for the ease of set up and use, low maintenance overhead, highly granular filtering controls, visibility into online activity, and the low cost compared to alternative school web filtering software.
“We were blown away by WebTitan’s filtering capability and exceptional support. Very easy to use and very affordable, 10/10” - Ölands Kommunalförbund
“The entire experience with WebTitan has been terrific. From better reporting to a usable UI, we’ve gotten the visibility we need and have therefore been able to improve our security position.” - Saint Joseph Seminary College